Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Militant on Miami, Florida: not immune to class struggle or battle of ideas

Well, The Militant is right again: Miami is no longer a totalitarian gusano stronghold as it once was, and as it is still caricatured.

The billboard for the 5 is a good example.

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The statement of Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is another example.

As the NYT reports it: "Guillen's comments appeared in a Time magazine article, in which he said he "loved" and "respected" Castro, the longtime Cuban leader. Time reported that Guillen said: "I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years," but Castro is still here, he added, referring to Castro as an expletive."

Guillen clearly admires Fidel from a "coaching" and "career" point of view, and not politically. To work as a relatively privileged sports executive in Miami and feel free to publicly admire Fidel for any reason is a step forward!

He ran into a wall on this issue, but the fact that he could make the initial statement without fearing or even expecting contradiction says a lot, too.

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