*Each virtual issue collates some of the best writing from our archives, updated with new introductions written by prestigious scholars of black studies, and will be free to read and download for a limited time.*
Minutes after the official announcement was made in Cuba, the U.S. media kicked into full swing, referring to Fidel Castro as a dictator, a tyrant, and despot who oppressed the people of Cuba. Even the President Elect couldn’t help gloating on his favorite medium for historical fabrication, Twitter. Fixing Castro in the public eye as no more than a brutal megalomaniac, they regurgitated rancid Cold War delusions about the decade “freedom” was vanquished on the island; and all but salivated over the possibility of prosperity in the coming days, when free-market enterprise and US hegemony (synonyms, clearly) will once again be restored. However, those of us at The Black Scholar (TBS), remember Malcolm X’s cautionary words that the media “will have you hating the people being oppressed, and loving the people doing the oppressing.” We remember also a long intimate history between the journal, the revolution and the Cuban people. With this in mind, we’ve compiled all of Castro’s writing from our archives, and bundled them for free public access. Its our modest effort to tell a different story about Fidel Castro and what he meant to the founders of TBS, to people of African descent, people of the global South and people struggling for a just, post-capitalist world.
Though not perfect, Fidel was an icon of transformative struggle, a beacon for radical resistance and a stalwart of anti-racist politics. He was the persistent thorn in the side of U.S. political stooges procured by the pockets of corporate multinationals and a supporter of all those nations—particularly in Africa—that strove to find their own paths in the wake of formal colonization. For more than fifty years, Castro’s Cuba remained the major obstacle to unbridled American imperialism in the Western Hemisphere. Now that he is gone, those of us who remember a different leader than the one disparaged by the U.S. media would be remiss if we did not take the opportunity to revisit his words, his speeches, and his clear reminder that, “no one will fight for us, that is, for the overwhelming majority, only we will do it…Our most sacred duty is to fight, and fight we will.”
– The Black Scholar Editors
Articles are free to view and download through March 2017 and can be accessed here.