Understand reactions to Castro’s death

Kristian Dudgeon

The death of Fidel Castro, one of the most controversial political figures of the modern world, shocked the world on Friday, Nov. 25, and his passing sent off a slew of mixed emotions around the globe. 

Castro’s rise to power after successfully overthrowing the Cuban government in 1952 was the original source of his fame. He became notorious for his communist policies and excessive political force. He has been described as the man who brought the Cold War to the western hemisphere, and his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis is prevalent in his legacy. Still, people around the world have expressed mixed sentiments about the leader taking his last breath after a 51 year reign.

For some, his death has been a catalyst for celebration. Others are thankful for the education and healthcare reforms brought on by Castro, despite his arguably oppressive force. Many of the American political elite have met news of his death with feelings of relief, while figures like President Obama have come under fire for expressing condolences.

Particularly interesting, has been the praise expressed by some members of the African American community toward Castro. Despite his actions in his own country, Castro seems to have rebelled against oppression in the United States.  

All are free to have an opinion on this issue. However, it is the responsibility of all to research the history of Castro’s rule and use of power before offering an opinion or passing judgement on the reaction of others. Simply put: research, then react.

Kristian Dudgeon is a digital and mass communications senior.

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