Exploring Fidel Castro’s Relationship With Blacks And His Complex Legacy
For half a century, Fidel Castro held an iron grip on Cuba, defying a CIA-backed invasion, numerous assassination attempts, a U.S. trade embargo, and economic collapse.
Castro came to power in 1959 after overthrowing the American-backed President Fulgencio Batista, who ran an authoritarian government and was viewed by many as corrupt.
After Castro aligned his country with the Soviet Union in 1961, President John F. Kennedy ordered an ill-fated, CIA-backed invasion of Cuba. The Bay of Pigs mission served up a humiliating defeat for the U.S. A year later, the United States and the Soviet Union played a game of nuclear brinkmanship in Cuba, which ended when the Soviets agreed to dismantle their nuclear weapons and remove them from Cuba.
Many Cubans saw their families torn apart after Castro took power, seizing property and jailing dissidents. Millions fled the country. But for many African-Americans, Castro was a leader who was unafraid to stand up against racism at home and abroad.
Is North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Attempting To Steal The Election?
Republicans may be rejoicing after Donald Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 presidential election, but in North Carolina – a state that our nation’s President-elect won – Republicans are pulling out all the stops post-Election Day in a brazen attempt to hold on to the governor’s mansion.
Gov. Pat McCrory lost the North Carolina governor’s race and seems to be orchestrating an attempt to steal it. Not only did Republicans lose the race, they also lost control of the state’s Supreme Court, four to three.
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, North Carolina Republicans are trying to add two new seats to the state’s High Courtso the governor can appoint right-leaning judges and pack the court. If successful, the North Carolina Supreme Court would remain under Republican control.
Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, joined Roland Martin for a NewsOne Now / Tom Joyner Morning Show simulcast to discuss the post-2016 election fallout and Gov. Pat McCrory’s attempt to hold on to the governor’s office at all costs.
Black Vet Moves After Racist Threats Over Uproar About Chili’s Meal
Ernest Walker, a Black U.S. Army veteran, was denied a meal at Chili’s on Veterans Day. Chili’s, like many restaurants around the country, offers free meals to vets on Veteran’s Day, but at this particular Chili’s restaurant in Cedar Hill, Texas, the manager decided not to serve the American serviceman.
Since the incident, Chili’s has removed the manager and released the following statement:
“We personally apologized to Mr. Walker for the unfortunate experience in our restaurant on Veterans Day and thanked him for his service to our country. We also thanked him for taking the time to speak with us and he appreciated our apology.”
Now, Walker says things have gotten worse for his family. The Army vet has received multiple death threats, unsolicited mail, and had to move out of his house to ensure his family’s safety.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast