I still remember the veterans funerals (War of Independence) processions going down Fomento. Every one came out of their houses to see and hear the march. I remember the trombones and the solemn march behind the hearse. It was the saddest and yet the most beautiful march. Everything they fought and died for was taken away by Fidel.
Most socialists lived in Habana. When their Utopian Revolution turned way left, they quickly left Cuba. Average Cubans throughout the island were left behind to suffer the aftermath of communism for over half a century.
Martí’s vision for Cuba after independence was
one of individual rights and justice for all. He believed that education was
the cure for social ills. His vision was a Cuban nation based on close collaboration of
all social classes. How different from the social class agitation Fidel brought to Cuba!
Those with an agenda have
painted Martí as anti-American and anti-capitalist; however, often Martí’s
writings are taken out of context. José Martí was a Cuban statesman and poet.
He founded the Partido Revolucionario Cubano in 1892 and called for
independence from Spain and the establishment of a republican government.