Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s legacy provides many lessons to learn from, according to Black Lives Matter.
After Castro’s death Friday, Black Lives Matter released an article titled, “Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante.”
“And there are lessons that we must revisit and heed as we pick up the mantle in changing our world, as we aspire to build a world rooted in a vision of freedom and the peace that only comes with justice. It is the lessons that we take from Fidel,” the group claims.
Reports of Castro’s death came in Friday evening. Castro ruthlessly suppressed those who disagreed with him politically in his 47-year reign.
Thousands of Cubans fled to the U.S. from Castro’s repressive dictatorship and settled in Miami’s “Little Havana.” The Cuba Archive Project estimated the Castro regime killed over 9,200 people.
According to Black Lives Matter, there are many feelings that accompany the death of Castro, like fear, loss and anxiety. It is crucial, the article maintains, to defend Castro, despite his “flaws,” against “the rhetoric of the right.”
The group maintains that Castro’s life teaches that revolution can start with a single idea within a small group of people.
“From Fidel, we know that revolution is sparked by an idea, by radical imaginings, which sometimes take root first among just a few dozen people coming together in the mountains. It can be a tattered group of meager resources, like in Sierra Maestro in 1956 or St. Elmo Village in 2013,” the article states.
Fidel’s death, according to the group, also demonstrates that when people are united in a collective vision, they can achieve anything.
“As Fidel ascends to the realm of the ancestors, we summon his guidance, strength, and power as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for universal freedom. Fidel Vive!” the article finished.