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of a top score of 40, Cuba gets a 1. On civil liberties, out of a possible score of 60, Cuba scores 12.
Yet, Black Lives Matters writes, “The people of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and selfdetermination.”
As the information from Freedom House shows, the only sovereignty and self-determination that exists in Cuba is in the hands of the communist despots who run the place.
Yet, in the opinion of Black Lives Matter, the suffering of the Cuban people is not due to the despots running Cuba, who deprive them of their freedom, but it’s caused by the free country, the USA, that is its nearby neighbor to the north.
We don’t see many Americans fleeing to live in Cuba. But, per the Pew Research Center, there are over 2 million Cuban Americans who left Cuba, or whose family left Cuba, to come to live in a country that is free.
Moreover, per a survey done by Pew in 2020, 58% of Cuban Americans identify as, or lean toward, Republicans, compared with 38% who identify as, or lean toward, Democrats.
Cuban Americans know what oppression is about, and it’s why they care so much about being free Americans.
“Since 1962,” says Black Lives Matter, “the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies.” Yes, the United States maintains an economic embargo on Cuba. Why should our nation provide sources of revenue that will only go into the coffers of the communists who control everything? But, as The Wall Street Journal’s
Mary O’Grady points out, contrary to BLM’s distortions, “food and medicine are exempt” from this embargo.
The one thing that Black Lives Matter gets right is that almost a third of Cubans are Black and brown. Yet, somehow, Black Lives Matter thinks they will enhance the lives of these people of color by supporting oppressors rather than bringing them more freedom.
And, indeed, Black Lives Matter has the same anti-freedom agenda in our country.
The question is why this perverse group has so much credibility and power? What is wrong with our political and business leaders that support these enemies of human freedom?
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www. creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2021 CREATORS. COM