By Jenny Goldsberry
Black Lives Matter issued an official statement on the Cuban uprisings Wednesday night, blaming the current situation squarely on the United States government. The statement claims that “the U.S. government has only instigated suffering for the country’s 11 million people.”
The statement, posted on Instagram, even went as far as condemning former President Barrack Obama for calling for the embargo on Cuba. “This embargo is a blatant human rights violation and it must come to an end.”
But according to BLM, the U.S. has been to blame for much longer. “Since 1962, the United States has forced pain and suffering on the people of Cuba by cutting off food, medicine and supplies, costing the tiny island nation an estimated $130 billion.”
Meanwhile, the Cuban communist regime got off scott free in the eyes of BLM. “Cuba has historically demonstrated solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent,” their statement read. 4 million of Cuba’s population is Black and Brown. “From protecting Black revolutionaries like Assata Shakur through granting her asylum, to supporting Black liberation struggles in Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and South Africa” BLM credited Cuba.
As a result, social media users pushed back on the statement. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called BLM an “extortionist ring.”
Then, international lawyer Hillel C. Neuer accused the activist group of “sid[ing] with the oppressor.”
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