Orlando Gutierrez-Boronat, the leader of a group of Cuban exiles, denounces the praise that the founder of the 1619 project Nikole Hannah-Jones has given to the socialist country he left.
Hannah-Jones recently made headlines for telling Vox that “Cuba has the least inequality between blacks and whites anywhere really in the hemisphere.” She added: “This is largely due to socialism – which I’m sure no one wants to hear.”
“I think what she’s doing is what’s always been done… it’s really abusive of Cubans,” Gutierrez-Boronat told Fox News on Wednesday.
“They use an incorrect history of Cuba, an artificial history of Cuba to justify an ideology. And Cuba has its own life. It has its own region. It has its own history, and the history of Cuba should not be manipulated for justify an ideology. ”
He added that “socialism is a slogan, it is a technique used by totalitarianism to consolidate power. In the name of equality, they fragment the population so as not to rise up against it – and they try to turn around against a group with only the state as mediator.
The overthrow of the Castro regime would bring free elections, economic freedom and allow “an education that is not distorted by ideology”, according to Gutierrez-Boronat.
Freedom, he said, “leads to better long-term relationships among all.”
NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES SAYS CUBA IS ONE OF THE MOST EQUAL COUNTRIES DUE TO SOCIALISM
A representative for Hannah-Jones did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
“The most equal multiracial country in our hemisphere would be Cuba,” Hannah-Jones said, according to Vox. “Cuba has the least inequality between blacks and whites anywhere really in the hemisphere. I mean, the Caribbean, most of the Caribbean, it’s hard to count because the white population in a lot of these countries is very, very small.
“A lot of these countries are ruled by black people. But in places that are really at least biracial countries, Cuba actually has the least inequality. And that’s largely due to socialism – which I’m sure no one wants to hear. “
Gutierrez-Boronat, who heads the Cuban Democratic Directory, told DailyMail.com on Tuesday that Hannah-Jones was encouraging “Marxist ideological spinning.”
He suggested the controversial writer should “come to Miami and read some Cuban history. Black and white in Cuba does not mean the same as it could mean in the United States.
He added that “Cuba is a syncretic culture, where two or more cultures intermingle. After independence, there was certainly a great increase in the standard of living of the black population of Cuba. It was during the Cuban democracy that black Cubans had leadership roles as president, as president of the senate, multiple ministries, representatives in the chamber, important social leaders, the leader of the labor movement. “
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As reported by The national pulse, Hannah-Jones also wrote an editorial published by Oregonian in 2008, in which she noted that there are many neglected achievements in the country, including a very high literacy rate, a low rate of HIV infection and a “model” universal health system.
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In the article, she also wrote that the Cuban revolution led to the “end of codified racism” and enabled black Cubans to access education and employment.
Project 1619 is a New York Times-led project that explores the effects of slavery on U.S. history. It was headed by Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and professor at Howard University.
Brittany De Lea of Fox News contributed to this report.
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