My TurnRead poor misguided Elizabeth’s article [here].
Writer blind to sad truth about Cuba
By MANUEL MARQUEZ-STERLING
For the Monitor
Much is wrong with student Elizabeth Morrow's article "Why not Cuba?"(Sunday Monitor, July 2). Her comments about what she saw and heard while in Cuba - the generosity of the Cuban common people, their beautiful music, etc. -must be attributed to the reactions of a young scholar with some credit hours beyond an undergraduate degree. During my years of teaching history, I read hundreds of essays that, like hers, let enthusiasm blur the real picture.
Ms. Morrow wants the United States government to allow all Americans, without restrictions, to travel freely to Cuba based on the point that we permit it with China, a grand violator of human rights. In other words, Ms. Morrow proposes that two wrongs would make a right. Human rights violations are universal, and if we erred in China, as we certainly did, we should not compound it with Cuba.
Besides getting her facts wrong about Cuba before the revolution, (the old tired story of gambling and prostitution), Ms. Morrow calls attention to the generosity, kindness and beautiful music of the Cuban people.
This is not a product of the present regime. Cubans from all walks of life, since time immemorial and under all kinds of political situations, have been like that and also made "beautiful music."
It seems that Ms. Morrow was not able, not allowed or did not care - lest her fanciful picture of Cuba be shattered - to see what is under the surface in that country. I bet that she was not able to talk to some of the hundreds of political prisoners, or to those who today oppose a regime that has executed 25,000 of its citizens and exiled more than 2 million.
I wonder if she talked to Martha Beatriz Roque, who a month ago was again brutally beaten for demanding the freedoms that Ms. Morrow enjoys here in New Hampshire. Should not Ms. Morrow also mention the thousands of would-be millionaires drowned in the Florida Straits while escaping that revolutionary Eden with its "beautiful music"?
I love young scholars, and I want them to do the best. In fact, if Ms. Morrow would not be afraid to face the truths about Cuba, I would extend her an invitation to chat about the topic over coffee or tea.
I am sure that she would learn a thing or two about Cuban history before Castro, which, by the way, the kindest of taxi drivers and other citizens there are not allowed to know.
Monday, July 17, 2006
The sighted that will never see
The following is an example of today’s posting at Killcastro. It is in Spanish, but it talks about people like Manuel Marquez-Sterling, the writer of the article below that did not let the opportunity go by without responding to a misguided collegiate and let her get away with espousing her blinded romantic view of communist paradise. We are not many, but we are centainly loud.