Fidel Castro is not a hero to Americans but an infidel, a supporter of Communism, a friend of the Russians. With the current political climate and the connections between 45 and our long-time enemies, the Russians, it is risky to post a quote of Fidel Castro. But, keep in mind that Castro started with the purest of intentions to help the oppressed. He was later corrupted by power but he, and more particularly Che Guevara, began as revolutionaries for the people.
Fidel succumbed to the allure of power but Che remained committed to helping the masses and that dedication led to his death. My husband, an Argentinian, is a fan of the Che who was also from Argentina, leading me to search for a quote from Che Guevara that would fit our current political and social atmosphere. Yet, it was, surprisingly, a quote from Castro that spoke to me.
Is this not where we are — fluctuating between the future and the past? Wasn’t Charlottesville a fight between what was and what could be? I sometimes wonder if this is 2017 or 1950 or 1920 or 1820. We seem to be moving backwards, not slowly but with the breakneck speed of that murderous car in Charlottesville.
I hope that the revolution in America, and that is surely what it is, will end better than the one in Cuba. I hope we will find a peaceful resolution, but no matter what is our past, present, or future, this quote seems appropriate.
As I have said other places on Medium, this is no longer about predominately white woman marching with their babies and grandmothers in D.C. It is now a street fight, and Charlottesville is evidence of this. The pink of pussy hats has been replaced by blood red — the color that Heather Heyer bled as she died after being hit by the white supremacist’s car in Charlottesville.
I ask everyone to be sure of what they believe and how strongly they believe and how deeply they wish to be involved. What may seem like a simple demonstration could become a blood bath. Be ready for the unthinkable.
My own town is facing this. White nationalist, Richard Spenser, is scheduled to speak here. My Facebook feed is exploding with invitations to attend counter demonstrations. My husband and I are weighing our options. Our ages prompt us to be less enthusiastic about involvement, but we question whether our ages (60+ and 70+) should not ignite us to participate, rather than remain in the safe haven of our home. We have less to lose; we want to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren. We grapple with this decision. It is not an easy one — not for us and not for you.
Do we move forward or do we fall backward?