Jay-Z & Beyoncé Should’ve Went to Kenya Instead of Cuba
Okay, so what’s the big deal about Jay-Z and Beyoncé going to Cuba? I’ve been hearing that there have been grumblings all week from certain people here in America. And of course as politics would have it, the only people having a hissy fit are my friends who lean right when it comes to politics. Case in point, Sen. Marco Rubio — the “Ricky Ricardo” of the Republican party — has asked for an investigation into their trip. Rubio asserts that the Cuban government used the power couple for “propaganda purposes,” and he wants answers from the White House. If you ask me, Jay-Z and Beyoncé should’ve went to Kenya instead of Cuba. If they did, concerned Americans like Rubio wouldn’t give a damn.
Rubio isn’t the only concerned American with Cuban ties to express concern. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, both Republicans from Florida of Cuban descent have both issued a letter to to Adam Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department to “express concern” and “request information” regarding the trip, because since the 1960′s there has been an embargo on American tourism to Cuba. So what? Are Jay-Z and Beyoncé the first celebrities to visit Cuba ever? What, are Rubio and company worried about them bringing back a boat load of cocaine to fund the criminal enterprise of yet another Cuban immigrant like Scarface? Nope, something tells me that this has something to do with the couples ties to the White House. That’s right! I mean everybody knows that Barack and Michelle are known to hangout in weed-smoke-filled recording studios with both entertainers on occasion, when not sitting in the VIP section of Jay-Z’s 40-40 Club as they host fundraisers for a certain Democrat.
But as far as the ridiculous when it comes to right-wing reactions to this trip. Nothing is more fucking stupid than the following assessment by conservative writer, A.J. Delgado, as pointed out by my man Field Negro. It appears that Delgado is embracing this post-racial thing pretty well as he offers the following criticism of Jay-Z and Beyoncé traveling to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. In a piece titled Useful Idiots: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Ignore Cuba’s Racism With Havana Trip, Delgado writes the following over at FOX Nation:
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. (source)
Okay, I know the Republican party is working on reaching out in an attempt to bridge the gap with minority voters. that said, there’s no way that myself (or any9one afflicted with melanin) is buying this line of garbage from Delgado. Sorry, Delgado, but in the immortal words of the great American Negro poet, Shawn Corey Carter: “We don’t believe you; you need more people!” Yes, I’m not buying your sudden concern with racism and the oppression of African-Americans. Besides, I remember the Cuban government offering to send ships with doctors to act as floating hospitals in the wake of Hurricane Katrina after it hit New Orleans. Not America’s proudest moment by far. However, I do remember then President George W. Bush saying no to Fidel’s assistance while black and brown people who look like me perished. Yeah, so miss me with that one, buddy.
Honestly, I think Field Negro said it best:
This is the equivalent to a bank robber lecturing a cat burglar for stealing at night. How an American could lecture anyone about another country and their history of racism is beyond me.
I look at the Cubans who made their way to South Florida as opposed to those who are still there, and it is obvious that the haves in that country- prior to the revolution-looked a certain way, and the have-nots looked a little different. (See darker.)
I remember a country that gave other predominantly black countries in the region things such as doctors, teachers, experts to help and teach new and unique ways of farming (micro dams) , and aid to help build the infrastructure of those countries. A country that was instrumental in moving these poorer countries from a state of dependent capitalism to self sufficiency.
I remember a country with a leader (Fidel) who embraced Nelson Mandela when our government was still supporting the regime that imprisoned him. A man who President Mandela personally thanked for helping to “topple apartheid.”
But folks like Delgado will never get it. (source)
Nicely played, sir; nicely played. Oh, and as for the U.S. government’s answer to the concerned? They’ve given an official explanation, but don’t tell that to anybody who thinks that the trip was paid for with taxpayer dollars as a gift from President Obama as I’m sure some may think.