Mfume’s Moral Apartheid
Jarvis recently discussed the Directors Guild of America’s re-naming
of its D.W. Griffith Award after a complaint by NAACP President
is classic Kweisi. Mr. Mfume (whose homepage
boasts of his belligerent name) and his organization have exerted
for some time against things Confederate and Confederate-related.
NAACP announced "economic sanctions" and organized marches
against South Carolina for not banishing the Confederate Battle
Flag from public locations. At its 2001 convention after Mississippi
voters chose to preserve a Confederate presence on their state flag,
NAACP passed a resolution "to continue supporting efforts
to change the current Mississippi state flag."
NAACP wages these campaigns because it professes concern for people
of color and what it perceives as their historical dehumanization
represented by Confederate symbols.
sensitivity is a charade. Why? Because the NAACP ignores the present
dehumanization of its brethren in our own hemisphere.
Cuba is often thought to be mostly white given the racial composition
of Miami’s exile community, people of color are a majority in Cuba.
Blacks and mulattoes constitute over sixty percent of Cuba’s population,
and they are not exempt from its totalitarianism.
black abolitionist Frederick Douglass observed that "Liberty
is meaningless where the right to utter one's thoughts and opinions
has ceased to exist." If an Afro-Cuban wishes to start his
own newspaper as Douglass started The North Star, he cannot
do so; if an Afro-Cuban criticizes Fidel Castro or his one-party
regime, he can be ripped from his loved ones on charges of "disrespect"
or "enemy propaganda"; if a group of Afro-Cubans discusses
their race’s repression by this white autocrat, they can be charged
with "illicit association."
content to muzzle Afro-Cubans, the regime also enslaves them; an
Afro-Cuban cannot leave Cuba without permission and payment of exit
fees. Douglass affirmed, "It is a fundamental truth that
every man is the rightful owner of his own body." Castro instead
emulates the 1852 Alabama slave code: "No slave must go beyond
the limits of the plantation on which he resides, without a pass."
who assert their human rights suffer severely. To name just two
of Castro’s Afro-Cuban victims, Dr.
Oscar Elias Biscet and Vladimiro Roca are Amnesty International
prisoners of conscience.
Castro’s systematic violation of Afro-Cubans’ human rights, one
would expect stentorian words from Kweisi Mfume and the NAACP demanding
the liberation of Dr. Biscet, Roca, and their Afro-Cuban countrymen.
Yet the supposed guardian of black people’s rights has not issued
so much as a press release in this vein.
reason for this silence can’t be that the NAACP is dedicated exclusively
to domestic matters. Its timeline
reads under 1985, "The NAACP leads a massive anti-apartheid
rally in New York." Apparently Cuba’s subjugated people of
color are negligible.
Chesterton notes in What’s Wrong with the World:
often read nowadays of the valor or audacity with which some
rebel attacks a hoary tyranny or an antiquated superstition.
There is not really any courage at all in attacking hoary or
antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one's
grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies
young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers.
Mfume and his peers have all the energy in the world when it comes
to denouncing the defunct Confederacy. When it comes to the captivity
of nearly seven million Afro-Cubans in 2002, their consciences go
desertion of Afro-Cubans is moral apartheid, and he should be called
to task for it.
Kantor [send him mail]
is a columnist for FrontPageMagazine.com and director of the
Center for Free Emigration,
which agrees with Frederick Douglass that "It is a fundamental truth
that every man is the rightful owner of his own body."
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