Fidel Castro, the Cuban dictator and face of the Cuban Revolution that toppled the Fulgencio Batista regime, died at 90 on Nov 25 2016. The cause of death hasn’t been released yet. Since his death, there has been an outpouring of celebrations from Cuban-Americans who have been waiting for the news of Castro’s death since fleeing the island for the U.S. But they’re not celebrating the actual death of Castro. Rather, Cuban-Americans are celebrating a chance for a better future for the island nation.
Cuban-American celebrities like Gloria Estefan took to social media to spread the news that Fidel Castro is dead.
Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming. And although the grip of Castro's regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people's freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world. May freedom continue to ring in the United States, my beautiful adopted country, and may the hope for freedom be inspired and renewed in the heart of every Cuban in my homeland and throughout the world. ???? Aunque la muerte de un ser humano es raramente causa para celebrar, es la muerte simbólica de las ideologías destructivas que el patrocinó que, en mi opinión, están llenando al exilio Cubano de esperanza renovada y un alivio que ha tardado mucho en llegar. Y aunque el agarre del régimen Castrista no se aflojara de un día para otro, el deceso de un líder que supervisó el aniquilamiento de aquellos con puntos de vistas opuestos al suyo, el encarcelamiento de inocentes, la separación de familias, la censura de la libertad de expresión, el esparcimiento de terrorismo sancionado por su gobierno y la destrucción económica de un país exitoso que prosperaba, solo puede llevar a cambios positivos para el pueblo Cubano y el mundo. Que la libertad siga viva en los Estados Unidos, mi bello país adoptivo, y que la esperanza para la libertad crezca y se renueve en los corazones de cada Cubano en mi tierra natal y a través del mundo.????
“Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming,” Estefan wrote on Instagram. “And although the grip of Castro’s regime will not loosen overnight, the demise of a leader that oversaw the annihilation of those with an opposing view, the indiscriminate jailing of innocents, the separation of families, the censure of his people’s freedom to speak, state sanctioned terrorism and the economic destruction of a once thriving & successful country, can only lead to positive change for the Cuban people and our world.”
Retired baseball player Jose Canseco also weighed in on Castro’s death.
I was born in Cuba and Fidel Castro was our leader. Came to the USA because of him.
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 26, 2016
He didn’t celebrate the death but he gave a quick explanation why celebrations in the U.S. are a thing.
Can't say I feel anything for his death. There is a reason many defected to USA
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) November 26, 2016
Actor Laz Alonso echoed Canseco with his own post to Instagram.
“There is a reason they celebrate,” Alonso wrote. “Unless u lived it, are related to those that did or lost relatives that did, u don’t know.”
And Calle Ocho in Miami was packed with people celebrating the death of Castro like only Cubans could.
The celebration continues in Miami- Aerial view of crowd at SW 8 Street in Miami's Little Havana following news of Fidel Castro's death pic.twitter.com/wAcjUDm5v3
— Lucid News Network™✘ (@LucidHuricane) November 26, 2016
Think a lot of cafecitos, cigars, pots and pans and, of course, so much rum!
Little Havana was the place to be following the announcement.
— Mobile Mike (@MOBILEMIKE_) November 28, 2016
People. Are. Living.
Oh, and so many Cubanos.
My dad is outchea makin authentic Cuban sandwiches in celebration of the death of Fidel Castro this morning ? pic.twitter.com/IcbjCq4YVp
— Ricky (@Rojastaa) November 26, 2016
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to some freedom Cubanos?
Obviously, you can’t celebrate the future of Cuba without some dancing.
— Maryann Batlle (@maryannbatlle) November 26, 2016
Even this abuelita’s Alzheimer’s didn’t dampen the emotion of Fidel Castro’s death.
Not even Alzheimer’s could take away the emotions my abuela Ata felt when she found out that monster had died! Thanks to her, my family is in this country today. ❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Ivis Suarez on Saturday, November 26, 2016
The hopes for a new and free Cuba is transcending generations.
— Gene-Manuel Whirling (@TheWhirlingGene) November 26, 2016
Abuelitas are celebrating with their nietos who are calling their mamis and it is just glorious.
The Cuban flag is being waved all over the U.S. and it is beautiful.
— Jessica K. Rodriguez (@Jesskorina) November 27, 2016
Again, they want everyone to know that most people aren’t celebrating a death of a human but the hope of a country.
— Bettina Inclán (@BettinaInclan) November 26, 2016
Looking at you, Raul. ?
Though some are celebrating his death specifically.
The death of a tyrant is always cause for celebration. May Fidel Castro burn in Hell. May a new era begin in Cuba. Viva Cuba Libre!
— Jerry Cupat (@JerryCupat) November 26, 2016
Venezuelans in Miami are taking to the streets to celebrate with their Cuban neighbors.
— Marc R. Masferrer (@marcmasferrer) November 27, 2016
Venezuela and Cuba share a shockingly similar story and experience given the Nicolás Maduro administration.
Some celebrators are pointing out that Cuba needs more than just Fidel’s passing.
— UPI Photos (@UPIPhotos) November 27, 2016
*Raúl Castro pulls out a veladora and prays*
A few smart folks are seeing the business opportunities linked to the news of Fidel’s death.
I need to start buying Cuban Cigar stocks because they will be smoked all over in celebration of Fidel Castro's death
— Saoirse ♔ (@CloverLolita7) November 28, 2016
*starts buying stock for Cohiba*
Is there a #MannequinChallenge celebrating this? Obvi!
— alessandra (@AliAlvrz) November 26, 2016