May 21, 2009
Dear Catherine Krull,
Almost two weeks after hosting “The Measure of a Revolution. Cuba, 1959-2009”, I am addressing to you on my double condition of Cuban native and Canadian citizen.
As a Cuban, I have to say that I was appalled to see how a reputable institution like Queen’s University had no problem organizing a totally one-sided event that was supposed to be of an academic nature. It was indeed embarrassing to lend a precinct that symbolizes debate, openness and free speech to host an event promoting a “revolution” that have made oppression and poverty the trademarks of an island formerly known as The Pearl of the Antilles.
As a Canadian, I feel shocked to know that our federal government sponsored a “cultural and academic” festivity that welcomed the victimizers while bypassing the chance to have the victims (the people of Cuba) express their understanding of the Measure of a Revolution.
When Canadian faculties like yours at Queen’s University do not understand their role in molding future generations of citizens in the virtue of truth, the way to the destruction of liberty and democracy is paved. If our future politicians, bureaucrats and opinion makers are not taught to be fair and dig the facts out of a manufactured and propagandized surface (i.e. communism) then our entire society will be jeopardized by the empire of cynicism and moral relativism.
I would like to suggest to you and to the faculty at Queen’s University to organize a follow up event in which members of Cuba’s courageous and forgotten civil society are invited to expose their side of the story. That story will surely give students and scholars at Queen’s the hidden facts of the so-called achievements of the revolution (health care and education) while teaching us all not to take our freedoms for granted. Because they are willing to pay the highest price for speaking their minds, Queen’s University owes them the chance to be heard.
The following is a list of members of Cuba’s civil society that could be taken into consideration. Their contact information would follow, should your institution be interested in the proposal.
**Nelson Taylor SolOttawa Representative Director
Cuban Canadian Foundation