FIDEL CASTRO – My Hero’s Death
As children growing up in the Caribbean, we all knew about Mr. Castro’s leadership, steadfastness and defiance to seemingly countless US and other imperialist presidents or powers who tended to bully other small nations into doing what was good for their own countries and not for “us”. When I think of defiance against State bullying, Mr. Castro is the first immortal figure that comes in mind. He is my hero and immortal in my World. I love you Fidel Castro!
Mr. Castro was US-educated and understood the US agenda quite well. His defiance remains unmatched and until his death he remains the only strongman who defied the US that wasn’t eventually killed. We all know that Gadafi of Libia and Sadam of Iraq were eventually killed after US supported actions.
Mr. Castro might have been hated by many Cuban rebels, who eventually attempted many failed coups against him, but to the rest of us, he was a benefactor, a hero, a maverick who defied the odds, a “little David” who stood against Goliath.
Mr. Castro had helped created more Haitian and other Caribbean cultures in his native Cuba where medicine remained at the top of medical research, and second to none. He has managed to keep his economy going despite US embargoes that were designed to kill his country’s resources in an effort to constructively oust him.
Castro was born on August 13, 1926 to wealthy Cuban farmers and died on November 25, 2016. He governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration Cuba became a one-party socialist state; industry and business were nationalized, and state socialist reforms implemented throughout society.
Today, I may be no longer a socialist, but at least Mr. Castro showed true heart for the poor and common man, not to mention his love for my homeland, which he always told the World was the first Black Republic, the one that deflated the ego of the mightiest European army of that time, the one that eventually induced the end of slavery.
While many will continue to view him as a totalitarian dictator who induced the mass exodus of thousands of Cuban nationals, deep down inside, they have to remember him as a strong man, who governed his ways, defied the odds and lived to see the US open up its borders without imposing its rules on his homeland.
Everyone who knows me knows that I love Mavericks, From Edward Snowden, to Donald Trump and of course Fidel Castro. These guys may be vilified by the very people that they are helping liberate, but then again, common sense is a misnomer as it is not so common.
Leaders of most disenfranchised countries who understood the symbolism of his defiance had to love him, and even leaders like Nelson Mandela loved him.
As a modern Negro, I may have adopted many New World values, however, rest assured that the values that the relevant values that were adopted from these strong men remain alive in my very soul… CASTRO will always be OUR HERO… well, at least MY HERO, even if it’s just because the rest of us will always need A HERO... May his amazing soul rest in peace!