This week, superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary with a trip to Cuba or, as the informed refer to it, ‘the island prison.’
While dining, partying, and enjoying the best Havana has to offer, Beyoncé and Jay-Z not only legitimize and support the repressive regime, with both their presence and their cash, but turn a blind eye, cruelly, to the perils and languishing of the Cuban people.
Both stars are proud African-Americans — yet, curiously, chose to vacation in a country notorious for relegating its black population to second-class status, or worse.
… As a Cuban-American myself, I am privy to first-hand accounts of the many I meet who have recently escaped to the United States. Racism, they say, is widespread and expected, and state-posts, government jobs, or positions in the tourism industry are often allocated on the basis of skin color. Take a look at the top office holders in Cuba. See any black faces there? No.
… But why stop Cuba’s racism, and its atrocious human rights record, from getting in the way of a good time? After all, Jay-Z is the ‘artist’ who famously raps: ‘Welcome to Havana, smoking cubanos with Castro in cabanas!’"
AJ DELGADO, writing for Mediaite, “Useful Idiots: Beyoncé And Jay-Z Ignore Cuba’s Racism With Havana Trip” (via inothernews)
BECAUSE THE USA IS PERFECT AND THERE IS NO RACISM ANYWHERE, EVER.
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that, though I didn’t think about this at the time, I probably started a blog because I need somewhere to vent my boundless rage that is not random people’s Facebook walls. I mean, one thing among the many thousands of things that are guaranteed to raise my blood pressure is when folks get all “the internet isn’t real, and it’s not a viable platform for communication,” but also like, Facebook fights are dumb, I’m supposed to be an adult now.
So here’s the thing that got me all het up this week: gay marriage.
Specifically, these goddamn things: