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Loud and Clear: Miami's Cuban cops target the Black community

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Antoine,Rudy (Author)
Format:
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
2001-10-30
Published:
Miami, FL
ISBN:
0739-0319
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, African Americans, Civil rights, Police, Cuban Americans, Law enforcement, Minority & ethnic groups, Racial discrimination
Notes:
Let me get something clear. I don't harbor any ill feelings toward the Cuban community. However, it is unequivocally clear that there is pattern we cannot ignore. Even though it would not be fair to condemn a whole community because of the criminal acts committed by a few of its members, the official Cuban leaders need to explain to the public why this widespread conspiracy is permitted within the ranks of the City of Miami Police department. According to various sources, the majorities of the officers indicted are Cuban or from Latin background and conspired to commit crimes against the Black community. My fellow Black American, the proletarian people who have been committed in the struggle to change the status of this racist system, let's not allow the September 11 attacks on our nation preoccupy our minds and distract us from what is going on in our own backyard. Don't let the horrifying events in New York and Washington silence our cry for justice in our community. We are waiving our U.S. flag as a symbol of justice and pride and we expect Black folks to join the crusade and help fight evil abroad. In the meantime, on our own soil, Black people in Overtown, North Miami, Liberty City, Little Haiti, are suffering frequent terrorist attacks from Cuban Police officers. As certainly as we allegedly concentrate on our dedicated fight against the evil in Afghanistan, we must also focus on getting rid of the outrageous psychological behavior displayed by our Cuban police force against the Black community patrolling our community.