This is a time that many Cubans have hoped for, and many other Cubans have dreaded. A time when all Cubans should try to canalize those emotions and all their energy towards a single common goal: unity.
This goal may prove particularly difficult to attain for the many Cubans like myself who have spent most of their lives outside Cuba, since we have a vision of Cuba that is hard to reconcile with Cuba’s own reality.
And the very first obstacle we face is to see Fidel Castro’s passing as a cataclysm that could drastically change that Cuban reality we barely understand.
It is a time to build bridges, to practice tolerance, and to search for ways in which, through solidarity and a thorough knowledge and understanding of that Cuban reality, all Cubans can come together. [Read more…]