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Published: Jul 18, 2018
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The way my family tells stories of the sugar mill in Cuba, one would swear it was paradise. Dolores was the pride of my family going back generations, and even though they fled the little piece of heaven 56 years ago, the oldest of my living relatives can never accept that the rural town is anything less than home. When I first traveled to Cuba last summer, however, it was clear that the communists had since erased Dolores from the map and replaced it with Jaime Lopez, a town where the sugar mill stands as a mere carcass, and only the oldest townspeople remember why the massive smoke stack shoots to the sky at the town’s center.
As Cuba finally begins to transition to a more open political and economic system, one incredibly contentious question will dominate the minds of millions of people: do Cuban refugees have the right to take back the land that the communist government seized from them, or does this property now belong to the families who stayed through the hardship and have called these places home for three generations?
I would be thrilled by the opportunity to lead a flash seminar on this very question at the University of Virginia, as it is a critical issue with implications reaching far beyond Cuba. I believe that -- through a close examination of history, intense discussion and dialogue from varied perspectives, and an understanding of others’ suffering -- the issue can be resolved through unique solutions benefiting all parties that have suffered greatly. A resolution may not be easy, but it will alert all of us to a political and economic dilemma that is closer to home than we think.
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