Humberto Fontova

Multi-Grammy winner Carlos Santana received the Major Baseball League’s “Beacon of Change Award,” this Sunday during its annual “Civil Rights Game” in Atlanta. On his T-shirts, the Mexican-born Carlos Santana honors a Stalinist who abolished all civil rights in Cuba, craved to abolish them worldwide, belittled Mexicans as “a rabble of illiterate Indians,” and craved to nuke Santana’s adopted country-- the one that showered him with multiple honors and millions of dollars. (“If the missiles had remained in Cuba we would have fired them at the heart of the U.S.” Che Guevara to Sam Russell of The London Daily Worker, Nov. 1962)

Georgia’s new law that requires many American employers to check if their employees are breaking American laws was denounced by Santana as “Un-American.” “People of Arizona, and people of Atlanta, Georgia,” exclaimed Santana as the stadium crowd (initially) clapped in the Mexican immigrant’s acclamation, “you should be ashamed of yourselves!"

At a post-game press conference this guitarist who at the 2005 Oscars proudly performed the soundscore for Che Guevara’s “Motorcycle Diaries” while proudly wearing a Che shirt, elaborated that: "this law (Arizona’ and Georgia’s) is not correct. This is about fear. It's a cruel law.”

But no “cruel laws” apparently issued from the Communist who Carlos Santana celebrates in song and attire, who co-founded a regime that jailed more of its subjects than Stalin's and murdered more people in its first three years than Hitler's in its first six. In 1959, with the help of KGB agents, Carlos Santana’s t-shirt icon helped found, train and indoctrinate Cuba's secret police. "Always interrogate your prisoners at night," Che ordered his goons. "A man's resistance is always lower at night." The world's largest image of Santana’s T-shirt hero adorns Cuba's Ministry of the Interior, the headquarters for Cuba's STASI and KGB trained secret police. Nothing could be more fitting.

The man who inspired Santana’s sizzling guitar work on that Oscar night imposed and enforced laws against “Latinos” lifted word for word from those imposed and enforced against Russians by Stalin’s secret police chief Lavrenti Beria during The Great Terror. Che Guevara also cheekily signed his correspondence, “Stalin II.”

So where are the cruel laws, Mr Santana?

Why they’re in Georgia and Arizona, of course.

So who should be “ashamed” for their “insensitivity” to Latino’s suffering?

Why it’s Georgians and Arizonans, of course.


Humberto Fontova

Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.