Multi-Grammy winner Carlos Santana received the Major Baseball League’s “Beacon of Change Award,” this Sunday during its annual “Civil Rights Game” in Atlanta. On his T-shirts, the Mexican-born Carlos Santana honors a Stalinist who abolished all civil rights in Cuba, craved to abolish them worldwide, belittled Mexicans as “a rabble of illiterate Indians,” and craved to nuke Santana’s adopted country — the one that showered him with multiple honors and millions of dollars. Let us not forget what Che Guevara once wrote to Sam Russell of The London Daily Worker, Nov. 1962: “If the missiles had remained in Cuba we would have fired them at the heart of the U.S.”
Georgia’s new law that requires many American employers to check if their employees are breaking American laws was denounced by Santana as “Un-American.” “People of Arizona, and people of Atlanta, Georgia,” exclaimed Santana as the stadium crowd (initially) clapped in the Mexican immigrant’s acclamation, “you should be ashamed of yourselves!”
At a post-game press conference this guitarist, who at the 2005 Oscars proudly performed the soundscore for Che Guevara’s “Motorcycle Diaries” while proudly wearing a Che shirt, elaborated that: “this law [Arizona’ and Georgia’s] is not correct. This is about fear. It’s a cruel law.”
But no “cruel laws” apparently issued from the Communist whom Carlos Santana celebrates in song and attire, who co-founded a regime that jailed more of its subjects than Stalin’s and murdered more people in its first three years than Hitler’s in its first six. In 1959, with the help of KGB agents, Carlos Santana’s T-shirt icon helped found, train and indoctrinate Cuba’s secret police. “Always interrogate your prisoners at night,” Che ordered his goons. “A man’s resistance is always lower at night.” The world’s largest image of Santana’s T-shirt hero adorns Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior, the headquarters for Cuba’s STASI and KGB-trained secret police. Nothing could be more fitting.
The man who inspired Santana’s sizzling guitar work on that Oscar night imposed and enforced laws against “Latinos,” laws that were lifted word for word from those created by Stalin’s secret police chief Lavrenti Beria during The Great Terror. Che Guevara also cheekily signed his correspondence, “Stalin II.”
So, where are the cruel laws, Mr Santana?
Why they’re in Georgia and Arizona, of course.
So, who should be “ashamed” for their “insensitivity” to Latinos’ suffering?
Why it’s Georgians and Arizonans, of course.
“Che Guevara is all about love and compassion, man,” Santana said of his Oscar night fashion-statement during a personal run-in with Babalu Blogger Henry Gomez a few years back.
“Where do you even begin with this type of hippy-dippy, space-cadet drivel?” says Henry, who in fact tried briefly and vainly.
During the mid 60s the crime of a “rocker” lifestyle (long hair, jeans fondness for “Yankee-Imperialist” rock music) or effeminate behavior got thousands of youths yanked off Cuba’s streets and parks by Castro’s police and herded into prison camps at Soviet bayonet-point. “Work Will Make Men Out of You” read the sign above the camp’s gate, right next to machine gunners posted on the watchtowers. The entrance to Auschwitz’s, on the other hand, read: “Work Will Set You Free.” The initials for Castro’s camps were UMAP, not GULAG, but the conditions were similar.
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