Black Lives Matter (BLM) has thrown its support behind Cuba’s oppressive communist regime and is placing blame for the island nation’s civil unrest at the feet of the United States.
BLM said the U.S. embargo is the sole cause of Cuba’s current instability, which has been marked by recent mass protests, violent government crackdowns, and internet blackouts as citizens demand to be freed from communism, FOX News reported.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the anti-police organization also falsely claimed the U.S. embargo deprives Cubans of medications.
“Black Lives Matter condemns the U.S. federal government’s inhumane treatment of Cubans, and urges it to immediately lift the economic embargo,” the statement read. “This cruel and inhumane policy, instituted with the explicit intention of destabilizing the country and undermining Cubans’ right to choose their own government, is at the heart of Cuba’s current crisis.”
BLM alleged the U.S. “has forced pain and suffering” on the island nation “by cutting off food, medicine and supplies,” resulting in economic losses of $130 billion.
“The people of Cuba are being punished by the U.S. government because the country has maintained its commitment to sovereignty and self-determination,” BLM declared. “United States leaders have tried to crush this Revolution for decades.”
BLM, which was founded by self-proclaimed Marxists, claimed the U.S. government has “only instigated suffering” on Cuba’s 11 million residents, noting that 4 million of them “are Black and Brown.”
BLM then praised the Cuban government for demonstrating “solidarity with oppressed peoples of African descent” by historically providing asylum to “black revolutionaries” such as FBI most-wanted terrorist Joanne Chesimard, who escaped from prison in 1979 while serving time for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, the New York Post reported.
Chesimard, who is more commonly known by he assumed name of Assata Shakur, has been on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists list for decades and there is an active $2 million reward for her capture.
BLM called on President Joe Biden’s administration to end the embargo immediately.
“This embargo is a blatant human rights violation and it must come to an end,” the group wrote.
Political experts on both sides of the aisle accosted BLM for throwing its support behind the Cuban government instead of the Cuban protesters, FOX News reported.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) blasted the BLM’s statement in a tweet on Wednesday.
“The extortionist ring known as the Black Lives Matter organization took a break today from shaking down corporations for millions & buying themselves mansions to share their support for the Communist regime in #Cuba,” Rubio wrote with a link to the organization’s statement.
President Joe Biden released a statement Monday saying the nation stands “with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which they have been subjected by Cuba’s authoritarian regime.”
“The Cuban people are bravely asserting fundamental and universal rights. Those rights, including the right of peaceful protest and the right to freely determine their own future, must be respected,” President Biden said. “The United States calls on the Cuban regime to hear their people and serve their needs at this vital moment rather than enriching themselves.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the son of a Cuban immigrant, FOX News reported.
“America must be clear: We support the protesters against the crackdown, and anyone who participates in suppressing the Cuban people will be held accountable by us — and by them,” Cruz tweeted on Thursday morning.
He denounced the BLM’s statement, calling it “shameful.”
“The group Black Lives Matter (funded by major players in corporate America) was founded by avowed Marxists and—as millions of Cubans risk their lives to rise up for freedom—BLM stands with…the communist dictatorship,” he wrote in an earlier tweet.
But other normally-outspoken BLM-supporters have been notably silent in the wake of the organization’s statement.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), former BLM-activist Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri), and Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) have all been hiding silently in the shadows as the backlash has unfolded.
Their offices did not immediately return calls for requests for comment, FOX News reported.
The Post Millennial reporter Ari Hoffman noted last year that BLM was founded in Marxist ideology.
“The founders of the movement made no secret about their goals of using the movement to replace the American way of life with a Marxist society and yet the media and most politicians have chosen to ignore the origins of the movement, while some support it,” Hoffman wrote at the time.
She has touted herself and her fellow Black Lives Matter followers as “trained Marxists” who “are super-versed on…ideological theories,” the Washington Examiner reported.
Cullors has claimed to be a protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the domestic terrorism group Weather Underground.
The group has raised millions of dollars in donations for “Black Lives Matter,” an organization which does not legally exist.
Donations are collected by a third-party nonprofit organizations and then “gifted” to BLM leaders with little accountability or transparency for how the money is used.
In October of 2020, Cullors signed a wide-ranging, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group in order to have her develop and produce a plethora of programming in order to give more attention to “black voices.”