The people of the Cuban community in Miami are calling for the Marlins to fire Ozzie Guillen after his remarks about Fidel Castro in Time Magazine. After Guillen apologized for his mistake, it’s still hard for people to ignore what he said.
“I love Fidel Castro… You know why? Many people have tried to kill Fidel Castro in the last 60 years, yet that [SOB] is still there.”
For the Cuban community, Castro was pure evil and any kind of support thrown his way is obviously something that won’t sit well. But there are still a lot of questions that weren’t answered.
Guillen claims that he was misinterpreted and still apologized for it. If you’ve heard Guillen speak English, there can be moments where his accent and broken language is a restriction. Even sometimes during his press conferences I struggle to understand him. But Guillen said that his remark were in Spanish and this is what he actually said.
“I cannot believe that someone who has hurt so many people over the years is still alive.”
That quote doesn’t sound offensive at all. But compared to the words that Time put out, it’s a totally, completely different message. What really happened? Now that leaves me, the audience, to make a decision on which side I want to believe.
It’s hard to put a finger on it because I can see how Time printed exactly what Guillen said and Guillen is just making an excuse. But also, Guillen could be telling the truth and Time is the one that messed up with the translation. Right now, it’s not even clear how the topic of Castro even came up in the interview.
The hardest thing for me is to understand what the Cubans are going through. I am not Cuban so I don’t understand what Castro means to my people. Some say that Adolf Hitler is a comparable person to use to understand it. Even if that’s the case, I was born in the 1980s and whatever Hitler did I never experienced.
I just don’t understand it and I won’t pretend to understand it.
But what I do know is that Castro is public enemy number one to the Cubans, so I know that anything that praises Castro is definitely a no-no. However, I would like to at least hear the side from the person that wrote the story. If they claim that what they quoted from Guillen is word for word, then we have a big problem here.
Should we forgive Guillen and give him the benefit of the doubt? Or are we going to add more to his punishment because he said something bad and lied about it?
I honestly don’t know because there are two sides to this story and nothing is clear cut. The Cubans have a right to react the way they did based on what they know so far. But I can’t react just yet. I don’t understand their pain. I don’t have all the facts. I really just don’t know.