Rest In Peace
I love it when Hip Hop works for the community. Not enough artists who make money off of the culture give back to prevent the circumstances that created the culture in the first place. You don’t see enough of this with all the noise/distractions out there regarding the culture’s image.
Thank You NAS!!!!
The Cuban people were poverty-stricken due to the corrupt dictatorship of Batista, who openly had ties to the Mafia and was completely indifferent to popular concerns. Crime and corruption was visible literally everywhere, most describe fifties’ Cuba as just a bunch of casino’s and brothels. Fidel Castro, then a young idealist law student, campaigned with many Cuban courts to remove Batista from power because he had both illegitimately seized the presidency and completely neglected the populace. However, he eventually realized those very courts were also completely corrupt, and that Batista could never be ousted by ‘legal’ means.
He then started a large guerrilla campaign, starting with the attack on the Moncada military barracks. The attack failed, however, and those revolutionaries that were captured were massacred by Batista’s troops, their bodies dumped. Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl were captured, and Fidel, being the bold law student he was, held a four-hour-long speech in his own defense, ending with the famous words “Condemn me; it does not matter. History will absolve me”. Important note: he was not yet a convinced Marxist back then. However, later realizations combined with the influence of his Marxist-Leninist brother Raúl and friend Che, along with immense anti-American sentiment, would convert him to the Communist cause.
After Castro’s guerrilla group, then called the “26th of July Movement” after the date of the failed attack, advanced on Havana, Batista fled the country along with many of his supporters and influential criminal leaders. Fidel Castro and Ernesto Guevara then started many campaigns to improve life on Cuba, such as the Literacy Campaign, the redistribution of land and universal healthcare reforms. Many bitter Batista Cubans fled to Miami and remain there today, clinging to their far-right ideals and Mafia. All these Cubans are the only Cubans we hear on the news, because they are the only Cubans whose voice is allowed on the Western news. For the most part, they are the upper-class corrupt Cubans that Castro’s campaign was directed against.
The Cuban people, contrary to what the Miami Cubans and America lead you to think, have stayed loyal to Fidel all the way through the Bay of Pigs, the Missile Crisis and the fall of the Soviet bloc. It is only in the most recent years, with Castro’s failing health and the takeover by his less charismatic brother Raúl that the Cuban people start losing faith in the revolutionary ideal, especially because of the poverty, which considerably worsened when the Soviet Union fell, as they were Cuba’s greatest trade partner. You see, ever since Castro made the socialist nature of his revolution known, the United States have held an economical embargo in place, blocking all trade between Cuba and the largest market in the world. This is the sole thing responsible for the poverty in Cuba today and the overall economical problems they have endured over the past fifty years. Today, slowly, American dollars and other currencies are creeping onto the Cuban market and tourism takes the place of sugar harvest as their primary export product.
Some more admirable actions taken by Fidel Castro are the internationalist interventions abroad in which he provided help to Marxist-Leninist groups in their campaigns against the US-backed dictatorships. He also sent the entirety of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces to defeat the South African racist army that advanced on Angola, which immensely helped the campaign of Nelson Mandela. In fact, it was Castro that trained, outfitted and funded Madiba’s ANC and its struggle until the very end. Forever after, the two men have been great friends, looking upon both their revolutionary victories as great feats against American imperialist world-domination.
It’s actually very easy to learn these things, if you are capable of looking any further than your American-influenced privatized newspapers and read an objective history book for a change.
Felt like reblogging this, it’s pretty good if I may say so.
BACK IN THE DAY |11/19/96| Mobb Deep released their third album, Hell on Earth, on Loud Records.