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After the death of Cuban leader and Global icon Fidel Castro, pundits and heads of state invested great time dissecting Castro’s life and times. President-elect Donald Trump branded Castro a “brutal dictator,” while Soledad O’Brien recounted her Cuban mother’s recollections of Castro’s viscous and vindictive treatment of citizens. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Mumia Abu-Jamal highlighted Castro’s military support of the anti-apartheid effort in South Africa, offer of medical support during Hurricane Katrina, the sanctuary provided to former Black Panther Assata Shakur, and his rendezvous with Minister Malcolm X during his 1960 visit to the United States. Calls to castigate the deceased Cuban leader for his acts of brutality seem particularly ironic on this week, when Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray announced that no charges would be filed for the killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Murray used the occasion to reprimand reckless negro use of social media. Simultaneously and further south, the Walter Scott murder trial is in the hands of the jury, as South Carolina police officer Michael Slager waits to see if he too will be declared innocent for extinguishing a black life. Fellow South Carolinian Dylann Storm Roof will represent himself in his death penalty case for the 2015 terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel AME.
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