The Black Lives Matter movement has come out in full support of Cuba’s deceased dictator, Fidel Castro.
Saturday, the organization tweeted out a message of support, saying, “Rest in Power #FidelCastro.”
Sunday, they went even further tweeting a link to an article they posted on Medium, titled “Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante.”
“We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro. There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety. Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante. And there are lessons that we must revisit and heed as we pick up the mantle in changing our world, as we aspire to build a world rooted in a vision of freedom and the peace that only comes with justice. It is the lessons that we take from Fidel.”
Black Lives Matter praised Fidel for inspiring them to start a “revolution,” and listed three “lessons” they learned from Castro about starting the revolution:
First, certain fundaments to which everyone has a right, such as “healthy food, clean water, decent housing, safe communities, quality healthcare, mental health services, free and quality education, community spaces, art, democratic engagement, regular vacations, sports, and places for spiritual expressions.”
Next, they said the revolution “requires that the determination to create and preserve these things for our people takes precedent over individual drives for power, recognition, and enrichment.”
Lastly, they claim Castro taught them the lesson of integrity.
Black Lives Matter said they are “particularly grateful to Fidel” for providing a sanctuary for “so many Black revolutionaries who were being persecuted by the American government.” They are grateful to Castro for holding “Mama Assata Shakur, who continues to inspire us.”
According to Heatstreet, Shakur’s real name is Joanne Chesimard, who is currently on the FBI’s most wanted list with a $1 million bounty. She was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper, but escaped from prison, and Castro gave her asylum in 1984.
Others Black Lives Matter is grateful to Castro for protecting are Michael Finney, Ralph Goodwin, and Charles Hill, who hijacked a plane from Albuquerque while being sought for the murder of a New Mexico cop in 1972.
Black Lives Matter concluded their eulogy of Castro with this:
“With Fidel’s passing there is one more lesson that stands paramount: when we are rooted in collective vision when we bind ourselves together around quests for infinite freedom of the body and the soul, we will be victorious. As Fidel ascends to the realm of the ancestors, we summon his guidance, strength, and power as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for universal freedom. Fidel Vive!”
Rest in Power #FidelCastro
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) November 26, 2016
Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante https://t.co/CYTcy6ReIa
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) November 27, 2016
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