Many outsiders have a “manipulated and distorted” vision of Cuba, blogger Roberto González Peralo says. But not everything in the country is “all bad, all gray,” he says. See 10-minute interview on the Cuba Money Project’s Vimeo channel.
As he sees it, many news organizations and bloggers have been carrying out an organized media campaign against Cuba’s socialist government. González, 31, an accounting professor, said that’s why he decided to start blogging on the site La Joven Cuba. He said:
It’s not like the media says, that we Cubans are depressed, and the only thing that young people think of is emigrating. The fact that some young people want to leave doesn’t mean all young people are thinking of emigrating.
González said it is not fair that young Cubans must suffer for the Cold War fight over Cuba that continues more than a half century after it began.
We’ve had to endure an economic and political war that’s been going on for 50 years. Young people have to suffer the consequences of something that has nothing to do with us.
He said he doesn’t understand the hate that some people have for the Cuban government.
But if there is something that Cuba should change, then the Cuban people – not the Americans – should be the ones to make the changes. He said:
We should be more democratic, but we should be the ones saying so, not them.