Cuba . . . Opening the Doors to Rapprochement

Good News . . .

The recent news that US President Barack Obama has ordered restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will be welcome to many, and possibly a disappointment to others.

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I haven’t visited Cuba.  I don’t know that much Spanish — definitely not enough to make my way in a Spanish speaking society, and possibly finding difficulty in some communities in the U.S.  as well.  However, as a baby boomer, I grew up in the 60s and 70s witnessing the news of the Cuban missile crisis during the Kennedy administration, and though I was younger at the time, I saw some of the impact of then President Fidel Castro’s visit to New York and especially his engagement with Black American leaders in Harlem.

Many will say that the restoration of relations with Cuba is long overdue.  The U.S. has engaged with Russia and China for decades, so why not Cuba, the size of which is a fraction of those two Communist giants.  Hopefully there will be positive engagement with politics and any economic issue placed well on a far back burner.   Above all I see much possibility and mutual benefit from cross cultural exchange and engagement on many fronts.

Let’s hope we all take advantage of the positive potential.