Seeds: Way back in 1953, Fidel Castro staged an unsuccessful coup against the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista. Three years later, Castro was exiled to Mexico where he came into contact with Ernesto “Che” Guevara (you may recognize him from these t-shirts). In 1959, Castro returned to Cuba and forced Batista to flee and declared himself to be Prime Minister of Cuba. In 2008, Castro stepped down due to health complications and gave power to his brother, Raúl Castro. For a more comprehensive look at Cuba’s history and the Cuban Revolution: here.
Core: Friday, November 26, 2016, Castro was declared dead at the age of 90 by Cuban state television.
Skin: The news was met with diverging reactions. Celebration broke out in Little Havana, an area in Miami predominantly populated by Cuban refugees and their families who were negatively impacted by Castro’s reign. World Leaders, including President Obama and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, were criticized for not taking a harsher stance against the deceased dictator. Contrastingly, many Black Americans mourned the death of Castro, due to their belief that Castro was a champion of equal rights for all races.
Leaves: Due to Fidel Castro’s resignation back in 2008, his death will most likely not directly impact those living in Cuba or the Cuban government.
Food For Thought: What do you think of Castro? Should Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama have condemned Castro in their statements? Do you think Castro’s death will bring change to Cuba?
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