I believe there will come a time — real soon — when correctness, truth, sincerity, and humility will all be superior to pure might.

Jerry Washington, the brilliant radio philosopher and host of “The Bama Hour,” used to say of destitution, his most loathsome worry: “Don’t say I’m broke and be right.” Meaning: people can and will say many bad things, just don’t let them be true.

Don’t make the preacher have to lie at your funeral.

The wicked history of the United States of America is littered nonetheless with many truly brave individuals and courageous movements, but the collective guilt which white Americans feel is their entitlement, their “Manifest Destiny,” their patriotic and well-deserved inheritance of other people’s land and labor, that veil is so fragile in their sight to where white people are outlawing the teaching of U.S. racial history. They call it “Critical Race Theory.”

The secret to the success of the twice-impeached, one-term, former president is that he understands and is completely “simpatico” with the White Man’s notion that they are deserving all the world’s finest, even at the expense of the rightful owners. The White Man will have his way as long as he can impose his will on everyone else. Trumpism 101. Sadly, they are mistaken, but must be chastised to do the right thing, rather than simply counseled and convinced. Everyone suffers their mulish denial of reality.

So, it is with the brave people of Cuba, whose island would-be paradise is just 90 miles off the Florida Atlantic Coast. They defeated the U.S. supported dictator Fulgencio Batista on Dec. 31, 1958. The island had been a U.S. mobster playground, until Fidel Castro and the Communists swept into power. There are many reasons why the U.S. coveted its losses in Cuba.

Foolishly, the United States has violently opposed Cuba — invasions, more than 600 documented attempts to assassinate former President Fidel Castro. Yet the Cuban model has survived. It has struggled, suffered and it has spread. Now, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia are resisting the “Norte Americanos” (read: white Americans).

The United States doesn’t believe in cordial relations with other nations, other nationalities, unless this country is always held in the superior position. So-called Cuba “experts” insist that in order to restore engagement with Cuba, there needs to be some gesture or olive branch from the Cuban government (the victim), toward the United States (the aggressor).

But Cuba has more than enough with which to respond to the wicked aggressors. The tiny nation of 11 million sent soldiers to Africa which were indispensable in the liberation of Southern Africa from European colonialism. Unlike the rich nations which have hoarded their coronavirus vaccines, the Cubans have generously exported the Cuban Soberana 2 vaccine with its 91.2 percent efficacy to poor people around the world, even as the U.S. threatens needy recipients for even accepting needed charity from Cuba.

Whatever imperfections may afflict Cuba, it is all made worse by meddling, boycotting and sanctioning the resourceful Cuban people with punishment because they refuse to be a footstool for their Big, Bad Neighbor to the North.

Diplomatically, when it comes to Cuba, the world community, including this country’s principal allies, side with Cuba against the U.S. Despite recent unrest there, most governments in the world, including virtually all major U.S. partners, have long opposed the half-century-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba as a major impediment to both improving the well-being of its citizens and changing the trajectory of its government.

While the head of the United Nations’ human rights body criticized the recent uprising in Cuba, the U.N. General Assembly June 23 voted 184 to 2 — only the United States and Israel objected — for the 29th consecutive year that the lopsided tally has occurred.to demand an end to the U.S. economic blockade.

I’ve been to that wonderful island. I’ve spent days walking around Havana searching for someplace that did not serve pork, so I really got to know that wonderful place well.

For the time being, Cuba gets a bad rap, but I’m certain that won’t be always.

Cuba, sí! USA, no!

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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