Alberto de la Cruz of Babalu Blog delivers a powerful indictment of Jay-Z and Beyonce's for their vacation trip last week to Cuba:
Read the whole thing here.
Reading through the news coverage these past few days of Beyonce and Jay-Z's ill-advised and thoroughly offensive vacation in Cuba as guests of the apartheid Castro dictatorship, much of the concern centers around the legality of their trip to the communist island. That is certainly an important point since it is illegal for American citizens to visit Cuba as tourists, even if you are personal friends of President Obama. But what I personally find most troubling about this scandalous act by American music's most prominent couple is their complete and utter insensitivity to the repression and brutality suffered by the Cuban people -- the majority of them black -- at the hands of the tyrannical Castro dictatorship. By "vacationing" on an island as guests of its oppressive apartheid regime as if they were just visiting any other destination, Beyonce and Jay-Z are in effect telling America, the world, and most cruelly, Cuba's enslaved people, that they tacitly approve of the island's brutal and racist regime.