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Fidel Castro’s Death Causes Mixed Reactions

Fidel Castro’s Death Causes Mixed Reactions
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Since Fidel Castro’s death was announced on Cuban television by his brother, and current President, Raúl, Friday night, the news has received many mixed reactions across the board.

Rappers such as Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, and others have shared somewhat positive thoughts and struck many conversations on the Cuban leader’s destiny. Nas, in particular, sent his condolences to his “Cuban family” while explaining to many why African Americans viewed him favorably.

“RIP KING FIDEL CASTRO #revolutionary only 5% understand,” Nas posted along with picture of Castro and Malcolm X’s famous Harlem metting. “Im not Cuban, I don’t fully know how he affected my Cuban family, so I’m sending strength and power for your pains. But lots Of us, as Black people, n some others in the USA, we saw him as an Ally in the Struggle.”

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Others memories of the deceased leader weren’t so pleasant. CNN reported that after news reached the shores of Miami, many Cubans cheered his death and paraded through the Miami neighborhood of Little Havana.

Many others celebrated on social media.

That hatred for Castro even bled onto the football field as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was boos Sunday when he took the field at Hard Rock Stadium against the Miami Dolphins.

Kaepernick showed his support of Castro a few months back when he wore a shirt with the Cuban leader and Malcolm X pictured on the front to a post-game news conference. Then on Wednesday, Kaepernick praised Castro during a conference call with Miami reporters.

“One thing Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system,” he said, “which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that.”

Even politicians shared their reactions on social media.