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HENTOFF: The Castros are Dr. King's disciples? The Congressional Black Caucus flies blind in visit
The Washington Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | Nat Hentoff

Posted on 04/27/2009 2:40:37 AM PDT by Scanian

"This is the beginning of a new day! In my household [Fidel] is known as the ultimate survivor."

Fidel himself, in a letter in the state-run Granma newspaper, saluted "this legislative group. The aura of Martin Luther King is accompanying them."

To others of us who honor King, there is a barely surviving black Cuban disciple of King (and Mohandas Gandhi) whom the caucus visitors did not meet because he has been in a Castro brothers' cage for many years and was off-limits to them. He is Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, and he is among those designated by Amnesty International as "prisoners of conscience" in Cuban gulags.

Another visiting caucus member, Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, was reported by the April 11 New York Post to have said, "We've been led to believe that the Cuban people are not free, and they are repressed by a vicious dictator, and I saw nothing to match what we've been told." A government tour can lead you to believe anything.

The same article quoted Mr. Cleaver as saying of Cuba's current president, Raul Castro: "He's one of the most amazing human beings I've ever met." The international human rights organizations - which have pleaded repeatedly with the Castro brothers to release the blind physician - also find Dr. Biscet amazing in a vitally different sense.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhocuba; biscet; blackcaucus; blackcubans; castro; cbc; cuba; democrat; democrats; dictators; leftistagenda

1 posted on 04/27/2009 2:40:37 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian
Another visiting caucus member, Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, was reported by the April 11 New York Post to have said, "We've been led to believe that the Cuban people are not free, and they are repressed by a vicious dictator, and I saw nothing to match what we've been told." A government tour can lead you to believe anything.

Reminiscent of the fools who were taken on tours of the Soviet Union in the 20's and 30's and came back gushing things like, "I have been over into the future, and it works!" But what can you expect? W.E.B. Du Bois was still praising the Nazis as late as 1937. It's funny that these same people who praise folks who are truly enemies of mankind also describe presidents like Bush as Nazis!
2 posted on 04/27/2009 2:55:14 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Scanian

The Congressional Black Caucus were led around like the children in a candy factory in the movie Willie Wonka.

They went without their Guardians, but their Guardians arent that bright either.

When you send a contingent of America hating bigots to a place like Cuba it is easy for a bright dictator like Castro to convince them that America is worng. In fact they already WANTED to believe it before they left on their trip.


3 posted on 04/27/2009 2:55:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: aruanan

In the 1990’s Cleaver had two terms as the Mayor of Kansas City, MO. His city council received more federal indictments for corruption than any other including Pendergast.


4 posted on 04/27/2009 3:01:05 AM PDT by x_plus_one ("Salvation comes about though change in individual lives, not through the ending of unjust society")
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To: aruanan

Good grief.

Dr. King was a Republican, from everything I’ve read.

It’s impossible to believe he’d go along with these nitwits.

Maybe we should send the CBC to Mexico City. You know, to survey the situation.

:)


5 posted on 04/27/2009 3:03:00 AM PDT by Daisyjane69
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To: Scanian
In the late 1960’s a group of Black Panthers fled the U.S. and went to Cuba with the expectation that Castro would employ them in some revolutionary cause somewhere. When their novelty wore off, Castro put them to work cutting sugar cane. Most of them left Cuba.

FROM AN ESSAY BY SERVANDO GONZALEZ:

” . . .In the mid-sixties some Cuban intellectuals, among them Walterio Carbonell, a Marxist sociologist and a friend of Castro from their days at the University of Havana, and Nancy Morejón a young poet, tried to create a Cuban version of the Black Power movement. As soon as Castro's secret police got word of it they were detained. Morejón quickly realized her ideological mistake and promised to reform. Carbonell, who believed that there were too many whites on Fidel's non-racist society, persisted on his ideas and was given a two year hard-labor sentence in one of Castor’s gulags.”

http://www.intelinet.org/tyrant/race.htm

6 posted on 04/27/2009 3:27:11 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Eldridge Cleaver left Cuba complaining that Castro ran a white racist dictatorship.


7 posted on 04/27/2009 3:31:38 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: Scanian

Fidel , saluted “this legislative group. The aura of Martin Luther King is accompanying them.”

Fidel,

Please explain why Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a Black Cuban dissident was sentenced to 27 years in YOUR prison for organizing a seminar to teach his fellow Cubans about Dr. Martin Luther King and his non-violent forms of protest??? (from Real Cuba.com)


8 posted on 04/27/2009 5:46:52 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Scanian
Here's a link to a 2008 piece by Goldberg in National Review called A half century's slander: it isn't conservatives who must answer for fascism. It explains a lot.
9 posted on 04/27/2009 5:49:03 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Daisyjane69

I was once on a plane leaving Cuba with Black ministers who had been there for a visit — they were the most hateful, cynical people imaginable — told me outright that they didn’t care a bit about a Cuban black minister who had been imprisoned for 20 years “but he spoke against the government” was their answer. They thought it was a good thing to imprison him.

Their only motivation was hatred of the U.S. — they were passionate Marxists. It was scary.


10 posted on 04/27/2009 10:30:41 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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[. . .Cleaver left Cuba complaining that Castro ran a white racist dictatorship.]

I remember. Cleaver went to Algeria and settled there because he was a fugitive in the U.S. Cleaver had been elevated in the liberation culture by his book, SOUL ON ICE, which was ghost written by a commercial writer. These guys were street criminals who found a rationale for their psychopathic behavior by calling it revolution.


11 posted on 04/27/2009 12:02:50 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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