The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 3, 1968 · Page 98
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 98

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Hundreds of 'thousands of Cubans now enjoy beaches, hotels, restaurants, education, health services, housing, cultural activities and positions of authority never open to them before. The government has wiped out racial discrimination on an , Island where more than oite-third of the population is black. It has given women freedom and power in a still-masculine society. It has guaranteed a job for everyone who will work and at least a por- tion of daily bread to go with it. "The gasoline station attendants and seamstresses are running the country," says an ex-accountant, "and they certainly don't want to go back to what they were doing before." ' A typical project director Is ' likely to be a man or woman of 20-24 with a sixth grade education, a little technical training and a head full of Castro-induced, anti-American ideas. He knows what he thinks about the Soviet invasion cf. Czechoslovakia, but only after Castro has laid down the line. Castro has encouraged a new feeling of national pride, never a shortcoming of Cubans, and connected it with Marxism. Elementary students are taught, for example, that the United States intervened for Imperialistic reasons in 1898 and snatched victory from th Ctbans as they were about to crush their Spanish colonizers. Castro speeches and propaganda Ignore what remains of the aging middle class and score with the masses, the forgotten people of earlier gov ernments. As a result, a farm worker announces his willingness to toil extra hours planting rice where it has never grown before in the belief he is win-: nlng "the battle against the legacy of Imperialism." In 10 years or less, the government will have completed Indoctrination of the country's youth. Only the brighter students will have questions then and they will have no place to go but along. 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