The left has a bad habit of rationalizing evil, and this weekend was an eye-opening reminder of just that. In the wake of the death of murderous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro on Friday, the anti-police group Black Lives Matter disturbingly praised and defended the human rights oppressor via a letter posted in Medium, entitled "Lessons from Fidel: Black Lives Matter and the Transition of El Comandante."
The letter, which was also posted on Twitter by the Black Lives Matter Twitter account and its Facebook page, opens by excusing Castro's "flaws"—otherwise known as the imprisonment, torture and murder of dissidents for 47 years—and calling on Black Lives Matter members to not only "come to the defense of El Comandante," but to learn from the dictator:
"We are feeling many things as we awaken to a world without Fidel Castro. There is an overwhelming sense of loss, complicated by fear and anxiety. Although no leader is without their flaws, we must push back against the rhetoric of the right and come to the defense of El Comandante. And there are lessons that we must revisit and heed as we pick up the mantle in changing our world, as we aspire to build a world rooted in a vision of freedom and the peace that only comes with justice. It is the lessons that we take from Fidel."
The radical group, apparently hell-bent on losing what's left of their credibility, then praised Castro for harboring cold-blooded cop-killer Mama Assata Shakur.
"As a Black network committed to transformation, we are particularly grateful to Fidel for holding Mama Assata Shakur, who continues to inspire us," states the letter.
As noted by Daily Wire's Aaron Bandler, "Shakur, previously known as Joanne Chesimard, was convicted for murdering a New Jersey state trooper in 1973, but fled to Cuba, where she currently resides." Black Lives Matter leader DeRay McKesson praises Shakur on a frequent basis.
"With Fidel’s passing there is one more lesson that stands paramount: when we are rooted in collective vision when we bind ourselves together around quests for infinite freedom of the body and the soul, we will be victorious," the group continues.
Concluding their disturbing letter, Black Lives Matter praises the dictator one last time: "As Fidel ascends to the realm of the ancestors, we summon his guidance, strength, and power as we recommit ourselves to the struggle for universal freedom. Fidel Vive!"
Of course, Black Lives Matter wasn't alone in their praise for Castro, as Daily Wire's Joshua Yasmeh pointed out in depth on Sunday, the Western left is rife with moral cowards all too willing to rationalize Castro's murderous reign in the name of "social justice." President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn all made the list.
As the left celebrates the life of Castro, his victims and their ancestors celebrate his death in Miami's "Little Havana." Those in Cuba are not allowed to celebrate publicly.