|African Slaves came here and were kept here against their will. I doubt to "build the freest and most prosperous nation ever."|
Text of Marco Rubio's Presidential Candidacy Speech April 13th at the Freedom Tower:
In this very room five decades ago, tens of thousands of Cuban exiles began their new lives in America. Their story is part of the larger story of the American miracle. How, united by a common faith in their God given right to go as far as their talent and work would take them, a collection of immigrants and exiles, former slaves and refugees, became one people, and together built the freest and most prosperous nation ever.I guess if you are Black you are forever defined as a slave. He didn't say anything else about African Americans, but a lot about Cubans and his values. Fabiola Santiago, columnist for the Miami Herald said about Marco Rubio and his speech:
He’s a throwback to a time when women and African Americans had to fight for their rights, their dignity, and the “opportunity” that, according to Rubio, everyone has experienced in exceptional America for the last two centuries. He forgot that blacks had to wage quite a fight in the 1960s to win the right to be treated as human beings. How regretful and embarrassing that his only mention of African Americans was about their nation-building contributions as “former slaves.”
Like Fabiola, this passage of the speech bothered me. Especially when every ethnic and racial group in Florida is so far apart. Cubans came here of their own freewill and were welcomed. Maybe it was dangerous for them in their homeland but they were not dragged here in chains and sold to the highest bidder.