In 1961, Lazaro Arturo Spindola was a child when he immigrated to the U-S from Cuba. Today, Dr. Spindola is the Executive Director of the Latino American Commission in Lincoln. He said his father saw a communist – totalitarian government rising and he didn’t want anything to do with it. Dr. Spindola says it isn’t any better today.
Dr. Spindola says, “From the point of view of the economy, it is in shambles. From the point of view of human rights, which are the basic principles that President Obama was talking about, things have not improved at all. In fact they get worse depending on the mood of whoever is in government, so no.”
Dr. Spindola says America isn’t getting much benefit from this attempt at normalized relations between the two countries. He says in the very distant future there may be some changes in human rights but right now the ones getting most of the profit now is the Cuban regime by improving their economy.
The opinions of Cubans in Nebraska vary. Dr. Spindola says, “The generation of individuals who left when we left have a hard line approach. The younger people seem to be more open, more tolerant. On the other hand we need to remember what we have been through over the last 50 years haven’t worked. So we have come to the point we either establish a true diplomatic opening or take a military solution.”
Dr. Spindola says human rights will never improve in Cuba as long as the Castro brothers remain in power.