Topic Tuesday: Fidel Castro an a Different Narrative

I don’t know how the rest of the world feels, which is why I am asking this question: Would you consider Fidel Castro a revolutionist or a dictator?

Fidel Castro became Cuba’s youngest Prime Minister at the age of 32. He took political power after President Fulgencio Batista was overthrown in 1952.

I grew up in the United States. Florida to be exact. When I was younger, Fidel Castro was depicted by U.S. media as a dictator who was evil and treated his people poorly. This was always the narrative when Castro’s name was mentioned. It wasn’t until I started high school that my mind-frame altered. I was confused because my Cuban friends would say Castro was an amazing leader and stood up for his people. Yet, this was never the Castro I heard about in U.S. media. That’s when I began doing research. The information I found had me questioning the integrity of U.S. media.

I’m not going to say Castro was a saint, but what leader defending their country really is? Overall, if I didn’t do my own research, I would’ve believed everything the U.S. media has said about him.

Check out this podcast I came across on Youtube from Diallo Straight Talk channel that presents a different narrative of Fidel Castro. A little forewarning, there’s a small amount of explicit language. Also, this podcast is directed more towards the African diaspora.