Did America support Malcolm X? Did America support Nelson Mandela and the ANC? No. But Fidel and the Cuban people did. Today America returns to Cuba, raising the red, white and blue.. Oh say, can you see? Pictured, Malcolm and Fidel.

Fidel Castro and Cubans Played Major Role in HelpingBlack People Fight Colonialism and White Supremacy


Castro Supported Black American Business

When he came to New York in 1960 for a United Nations meeting, Castro got upset at the management of the hotel where he was staying, the Shelburne. Dissatisfied, the Cuban leader packed his bags and stormed out of the hotel with his entourage.  They went to the Theresa Hotel in Harlem, where he thought people would be more sympathetic with his cause.  He drew large crowds of Harlemites as he famously leaned out of the window of the hotel and waved to Black residents.

Cuba Offers Free Medical School to Blacks

In 2000 Castro announced that Cuba would provide free medical training to hundreds of low-income Americans.  The late Rev. Lucius Walker, former executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, the New York-based group that facilitates the program stateside, said Castro’s scholarship offer wouldn’t be necessary if American medical schools opened their doors wider to disadvantaged minorities.

“Cuba didn’t create the discrimination against Black people [by] U.S. medical schools,” Walker said. “That’s a U.S. phenomenon.”

Cuba Sent Troops to Fight Against U.S. Invasion ofGrenada

Cuban soldiers were deployed in Grenada during the invasion of the tiny Caribbean island by U.S. troops in 1983. The Cuban government sent troops there to support the Black power and socialist inspired government ran by Maurice Bishop, leader of the New Jewel Movement, which brought about improvements to Grenada’s social and economic infrastructure. The U.S. felt threatened by this movement of Black self-determination and moved to overthrow the New Jewel Movement in Grenada.

Cuban Medical Internationalism Provides Medical Personnel to the Developing World

Cuban Medical Internationalism is the Cuban program, since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, of sending Cuban medical personnel overseas, particularly to Latin America, Africa and, more recently, Oceania.  Cuba provides more medical personnel to the developing world than all of the G8 countries combined.  The program was started by sending medical personnel to help support the anti-colonial wars in Algeria, Guinea-Bissau, Angola and other African nations.

When natural disasters strike, Cuba provides humanitarian efforts all over the world, including helping with the medical crisis in Haiti due to the 2010 earthquake. In response to Hurricane Katrina, Cuba prepared to send 1,500 doctors to the New Orleans where the victims were predominantly African-Americans, although the offer was refused by the U. S. government. While western governments appeared more focused on stopping the epidemic at their borders, Cuba lead the fight against Ebola in West Africa, according to an Oct. 2014 article in The Guardian.