“Our free eyes open now on new horizons and can see what yesterday, in our condition as colonial slaves, we could not observe: that “Western civilization” disguises behind its showy facade a picture of hyenas and jackals. That is the only name that can be applied to those who have gone to fulfil such “humanitarian” tasks in the Congo. A carnivorous animal that feeds on unarmed peoples. That is what imperialism does to men. That is what distinguishes the imperial “white man.”
All free men of the world must be prepared to avenge the crime of the Congo. Perhaps many of those soldiers, who were turned into subhumans by imperialist machinery, believe in good faith that they are defending the rights of a superior race. In this assembly, however, those peoples whose skins are darkened by a different sun, coloured by different pigments, constitute the majority. And they fully and clearly understand that the difference between men does not lie in the colour of their skin, but in the forms of ownership of the means of production, in the relations of production."
“…Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the colour of their skin; those who let the murderers of Blacks (Africans) remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the Black (African) population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men — how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom? We understand that today the assembly is not in a position to ask for explanations of these acts. It must be clearly established, however, that the government of the United States is not the champion of freedom, but rather the perpetuator of exploitation and oppression against the peoples of the world and against a large part of its own population.”
- Che Guevara Ernesto
The above is an excerpt from the Address to General Assembly, DECEMBER 11,1964. Che Guevara represented Cuba in the 19th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same” – Kipling