From the Dispatch, 7/16/21, on the Cuban uprising:
“The people of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination. United States leaders have tried to crush this Revolution for decades,” Black Lives Matter said in a statement Wednesday, referring to Cuba’s 1950s Marxist uprising that installed the sitting government. “Instead of amity, respect, and goodwill, the U.S. government has only instigated suffering for the country’s 11 million people—of which 4 million are Black and Brown.”
The whole statement contains laughable nonsense, such as that the U.S. economic embargo “undermines Cubans’ right to choose their own government,” and outright evil such as defending Cuba’s asylum for Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard convicted of the cold blooded murder of a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 and protected by the Cuban government ever since.
But the reference to that country’s “commitment to sovereignty and self-determination” gets to the heart of BLM’s ideological essence.
There are no collective rights apart from or above the individual rights that make up the collective, whatever the collective’s form. No country can claim sovereignty and self-determination unless it respects its own citizens' individual right to sovereignty and self-determination -- i.e., the inalienable rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the property rights necessary to the expression of those rights. Communist Cuba does not and never has respected or secured individual rights, which is the core motivation of the demonstrations. BLM once again exposes its totalitarian essence.
Also noted by the Dispatch:
“DSA stands with the Cuban people and their Revolution in this moment of unrest,” the International Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America tweeted earlier this week, also in defense of the Communist regime. “End the blockade.”
What about the crushing tyranny that actual individual living, breathing, thinking Cuban people have suffered under and are protesting against? Not relevant, according to collectivism, which holds that the group, rather than the individual, is the standard of moral, economic, and political concern. That’s the evil genius of collectivism—Totalitarian ideologues can spout off about “the people '' while ignoring the economic and political crimes committed against actual people.
Black Lives Matter and the Democratic Socialists of America have totalitarian ideological foundations. Their defense of Cuba’s government and “revolution” have concretized the practical consequences of those ideas. I give them credit for honesty and consistency, Other communist/socialist apologists, such as Democrat Senators Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders, have tried to wriggle out of the fact that socialism is incompatible with individual rights, the only genuine form of liberty. Black Lives Matter and Democratic Socialists of America now sit in a rarefied group, honest socialists that includes people like Robert Heilbroner: They know liberty and socialism are antipodes, and they choose socialism anyway. They won’t let such considerations as liberty get in the way of their noble ideal.
It’s been said that Black Lives Matter is not seen by most people who express support for it for what it really is, a violent, totalitarian, racist movement. There’s certainly truth to that statement -- or at least was. Most supporters probably were innocently sincere in their belief that BLM actually was for justice for blacks, especially those victimized by police violence. But no supporters can now be granted a pass based on them being innocent dupes—not after BLM’s statement of support for the Cuban communist regime towards the Cuban protests. Here is an excerpt from a Reason article, In Their Own Words, This Is What It's Actually Like for Black and Brown People in Cuba, in which a disillusioned former BLM supporter awakens:
BLM in particular has been criticized by the right for having Marxist roots. While it is certainly not true that every person involved with or sympathetic to BLM is also a Marxist, the group's support of the communist regime in Cuba has cost it support from people who otherwise identify with the broader civil liberties goals of the movement.All of you remaining BLM supporters, know this: You no longer have the luxury of ignorant innocence. If you support Black Lives Matter, you are supporting evil. Therefore, you are evil.
"When they killed George Floyd I remember that all of [the Cubans] in Miami were accusing BLM of being Marxist, of being communist. And I defended them, bro. I would say, 'Look, it's more than that,'" the 25-year-old Cuban activist says in the voice recording. "And now I see that no, it's actually less than that. It's like they have this ideological starting point from which they see the world instead of standing alongside allies and people who are going through the same things they are."
"You feel alone," he adds. "You feel like…I don't know. It's a letdown. It's horrible, really."
Exclusive: Cuban Activist Explains What’s Really Motivating the Cuban People’s Uprising by Brad Polumbo for FEE
No matter what media spin suggests, Marcell Felipe insists that the protests are a rejection of socialism and communism.