[News] Cuba - An answer to the haters

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Sun May 8 11:07:08 EDT 2022

 Walter Lippmann


*An answer to the haters*
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

A lady tells me that solidarity among Cubans on the Island is a "lie",
because in Cuba "nobody has a piece of bread to share". Another "Cuban" who
lives abroad, expressed that the thousands of men and women who donated
their blood yesterday in Cuba are "hungry rams".

I tell you something, my dear haters. I know that in Cuba there are a
million needs. But what you say implies the false idea that my people are a
country of beggars, without a bite to eat. You say that Cubans are an
amorphous mass of "starving and hungry" people, without a piece of bread to
give, without a plate of rice and beans to share. What a crude and
mean-spirited statement! How much venom spilled on those who struggle, work
and dream in that blockaded island! How painful to read so much hatred! How
much infamy, now, when what is needed is solidarity, love and empathy! When
warm corpses still lie under the rubble!

There is little in Cuba, it is true. I have seen it with my own eyes. But
that has not been the only thing I have seen. These noble people, these
good people, have reenacted the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.
So, shortages and all, they have created five vaccines against the
pandemic. Those scientists, who were our little friends as children, are
the glory of Cuba and the glory of the world. Thus, with a thousand needs,
with a blockade that has tightened in the midst of the pandemic, those you
call "wretched" and "rams", those who have "not even enough to share a
crust", those "beggars", have traveled the world giving away health and
cultivating love in a thousand corners of the planet. In that country,
which you call "starving beggars", there is no child malnutrition. In that
nation of "paupers," all children go to school.

Where did you bury your heart, dear hater? It is one thing to have a soul
of stone and another to, in the midst of disaster, denigrate those who
suffer, rejoice in pain and misfortune and, on top of that, defame your own
people. Yesterday, the neighbors did take food to the rescuers, there are
the photos and the testimonies. The self-employed, the owners of cafes, or
the housewives, have gone to the scene of the disaster and have shared the
"loaves and fishes". The Cuban, anyone! extended his hand to those who
sweat and struggle, to those who work side by side to look for survivors
and to give Christian burial to the fallen. Those "rams", "beggars" and
"cowards" have mobilized to rescue, to save and to give life with full
hands. Not only in Havana: In all of Cuba!

What's more, thousands of those "cowards" have gone to donate their blood,
listen well, their blood! their noble and courageous blood. Because Cubans
are like that, they always give what little or how much they have. These
people, "incapable", "ram" and "indigent", these people, have a lineage of
titans and giants. And they know it. And the decent Cubans who live far
away know it too. We know it because we come from there, because we have
the same genes, because we are like them.

Wash your mouths when you are going to talk about the Cuban people, for
fuck's sake!

Haters! Caines! If you are not capable of being moved by love and
dedication; if you are not moved by the sacrifice of your own people: Shut
up! Shut up! Shut your mouths and be quiet!

Carlos Lazo
May 7, 2022
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