Under the eyes of an approving host, Harry Belafonte publically insulted Herman Cain. During the Joy Behar show, the singer called Cain a bad apple and a false Negro and described him to be a person who failed to show intelligence and a good grasp of history.
A few years ago, during an interview with the Cuba propaganda ministry, Belafonte showed his support for Fidel Castro. He claimed his main reasons for doing so were his belief in justice, democracy, people’s rights and harmony for all mankind, which made it impossible for him not to support Castro for as long as it might take.
Belafonte’s point of view, however, seems to be highly contradicted by the actual facts. Herman Cain dedicated his life to creating wealth and promoting freedom. Fidel Castro is known for his regime of terror. During his first three years of being in control of Cuba his actions led to the murder of as many people as it took Hitler six years to have killed. Furthermore, he imprisoned and tortured more political prisoners than Stalin did. Cuba owns a very sinister record as being the country with the blackest political prisoners in the world. His policy heavily affected the country’s economic state and drove, often at the point of gun, more than 20% of its inhabitants into exile.
Belafonte’s statement is contradicted even by the words of the very person he upholds. After entering Havana, Castro was asked by a report about his intentions concerning the black population of Cuba. Fidel answered: “We’re going to do for Cuba’s blacks exactly what they did for the Cuban revolution. By which I mean nothing!”
Currently, the vast majority of Cuban prisons population is composed of black people, over 90%, whilst under 10% of the political functions are performed by black people. Most dissidents are black, including a large number of females.
Yet, the singer and actor continues to believe that “the Negro is indolent and spends his money on frivolities and drink, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent”.
During the years, Belafonte visited Cuba numerous times, giving speeches and posing for photos in locations placed only in walking distance from political prisons where atrocious torture was performed.