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Raul Castro’s Racist Grandson

Raul Castro's Racist Grandson / Juan Juan Almeida #Cuba

Juan Juan Almeida, Translator: Unstated

RaulitoI do not mean to criticize children for being children, nor

grandchildren for being grandchildren, I will just talk about a sector

that just because we haven't heard of them, that doesn't mean they are

not full of it. Today I'm answering questions about Raul Guillermo

Rodriguez Castro, the son of Deborah Castro Espin and Luis Alberto

Rodrigues Lopez Callejas.

The marriage of Vilma and Raul was the most iconographic of the Cuban

Revolution. He personified the hero, and she her heroic role of

compañera, volunteer, submissive and party functionary. Four lovely

children were born from the Castro-Espin union, children who in time

became spoiled. The first of the grandchildren, the little Rodriguez

Castro, was a solitary baby, naughty, lively and stubborn, already

demonstrating in his behavior an authoritarian tendency.

Having been born male, with a skilled calculating father, and a sixth

finger inherited through his mother, he awoke in grandfather Raul what

we might describe as a mixture of love, joy and compassion. Raulito

became the favorite. And on more than a few occasions the jubilant El

General presented him with a phrase that provoked mockery rather than

admiration. "My grandson is a marble beauty, a colossus with a baby

face." The general's creativity, although it had improved somewhat,

continued to be invaded by grandiose and epic concepts.

Surely hoping to construct a paragon of virtues, the family made this

little angel a useless mess. So when he was enrolled in "Gustavo and

Joaquin Ferrer" primary school, he walked alone accompanied by an

inseparable flattery and an unbearable escort that cast a disagreeable

spell over boys his age.

Surrounded, or perhaps well-attended by, his scandalous loneliness, he

arrived at "Josue Pais" junior high. By then he was already a youngster

who liked to annoy people and disliked everyone. Allergic to the entire

spectrum of respect, he felt the holy grail of control and enjoyed a

certain morbid knowledge that he featured in others' nightmares.

The eccentricity of the age, plus the constant vision of his family

environment, pushed him to drink, smoke, and to choose paths that others

older than he called "missteps." He adopted a vehemently racist attitude

that at times managed to embarrass his most loyal friends, family and

benefactors.

Out of respect I will not mention the name of the girl who was expelled

from the classroom for being black, or rather, because The General's

Grandson announced his decree that he would not share the same space

with this classmate because — according to him — blacks are not only

ugly and gross, they stink.

By that time, the words "thank you" had been eradicated from his

vocabulary. Quite understandably, Cuba suffers a feudal system generous

with a dictatorial and anarchy ruling elite; no one has to be grateful

for what they believe is rightfully theirs. Nobody learns to say thank

you if they are not truly appreciative.

Ungrateful, unmanageable, and at the precise moment when economics is

the latest hot topic, Raulito, now the presidential escort, decides to

study at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Havana. It is

common, and even reasonable, that high performance athletes study for

degrees in Sports making international competitions their state exams.

Using this same principle, and after some convincing that included

pressure, the rector of the university was left with no options but to

understand that the student in question, tall, blond, with a strong

build and uncouth manners, should be awarded a degree with honors due to

his participation as a special guest at government events. His repeated

absences from class were not taken as a sign of intellectual impairment,

but as support to the national patrimony.

The winds of change blew, the world map transmuted its colors and this

family, by order of their patriarch, needed to be more united. In an act

of humility and sacrifice, Uncle Alejandro Castro, known as the Colonel

with less body fat than grey matter, paired up with an ex-girlfriend of

his nephew Raulito, and so hoisted the flag of the strange family

passion for common property.

So, on Sundays, the clan enjoys the exotic delicacies still prepared by

old Chute (the cook Jesus); and the rest of the week nephew and uncle

review the proper code of conduct for sharing the same woman. It may

seem immoral, but it's nothing new; it is known that Vladimir Ilyich

Lenin and his wifeNadezhda Konstantinovna Krupskaya, went with, lived

with, and were entertained by Elizabeth D'Herenville (Inessa). Sure,

there are differences, the leader of the Bolsheviks, his partner, and

their mutual concubine, were not united by consanguinity.

The boss of the State Security Staff of the Ministry of the Interior,

and some others under his command, feeling threatened by the real

possibility of being cruelly supplanted by a healthy and powerful chip

off the old family block, try with incredible care to ridicule him,

subtly launching a few phrases into the mouths of public opinion:

"Bodyguard 2," "no one knows if the grandson takes care of the granddad

or if the granddad takes care of the grandson," "I have to look after

one and watch the other"… in short, the boy is criticized, but untouchable.

Raulito married, and at the wedding was heard the contagious strains of

La Charanga Habanera, an orchestra that, among others, decided to

exchange talent for the caresses of power. Later he divorced, leaving a

daughter on the way, and making plans for another wedding.

The Castro Espin lineage is like a charitable organization committed to

pettiness where common sense is the least common of the senses. Raulito

is a victim who didn't manage to be different. Today he calls himself a

patriot and a defender of those ideas that perhaps nobly inspired

looting and revolution.

He recreates a sickly ardor to impress the people beneath his social

status. He is paranoid, and has only read some of the alternative pages

of the life of Julius Caesar; he is really convinced that the end of his

grandfather Raul will be reduced to assassination in an act of revenge

on the part of his own bodyguard. To say more would be redundant.

December 2 2012

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