Obama: Remember Selma's History, Disregard Cuba's

Sunday, March 8, 2015
Yesterday, President Obama delivered a moving speech marking the 50th anniversary of the historic march in Selma, Alabama, in favor of voting rights for African-Americans.

The events of 1965, known as "Bloody Sunday", resulted in the police brutally attacking 600 peaceful demonstrators.

Obama concluded his remarks by reminding us, "Fifty years from Bloody Sunday, our march is not yet finished, but we’re getting closer."

He's right.

But it's ironic how just two months before, Obama urged us to disregard events that took place 50 years ago in Cuba.

Events that resulted in the most repressive dictatorship in the history of the Western Hemisphere.

Events that resulted in the death of hundred of thousands of innocent Cubans and the exile of millions.

Events that -- had Fidel Castro had his way during the 1962 Missile Crisis -- would have resulted in the murder millions of Americans.

As regards these events, Obama stated on December 17th, 2014: "Neither the American, nor Cuban people are well served by a rigid policy that is rooted in events that took place before most of us were born."

Except today, Cubans are experiencing their own Selma.

Just last month, like almost every month, nearly 500 Cubans were violently arrested for marching for their basic rights.

These include, Digna Rodriguez IbaƱez, an Afro-Cuban member of the pro-democracy group, The Ladies in White, who was tied to a tree and pelted with tar.

Yet, instead of standing steadfastly in solidarity with Cuba's brave democracy activists, Obama has chosen to normalize relations with their oppressors and engage in commerce with Castro's monopolies.

Obama is not only asking us to disregard history as regards Cuba -- but to stand on the wrong side of it.

Below are images contrasting events in Selma and Cuba (part of a campaign last year by the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC's Young Leaders Group).

These pictures speak louder than words.