Che Guevara

When a vast number of people show their appreciation towards a certain personality, there IS a strong case for that persons genuineness. Not only T-shirts, but T-Shirts depicting a T-Shirt with Guevara are widespread among a generation. There are more than a dozen recognized peopleinstitutions who have written on the historical role of Che Guevara in Latin American socio-political canvas in a more positive manner than what a right wing American media like Fox news want us to believe except that Che sacrificed his privileged confines and lived up to the idea of reducing wide spread disparity between classes to the extent that he had to give up his life in favor of the downtrodden s of Latin America.
Born in Argentina in an upper class family in 1948, Che enjoyed all the finer things of life till his 3rd year in the medical school during which he explored Latin American country initially on a motor cycle and later hitch hiking to ascertain the cultural and social impact of classes especially the lower (Pelovangu, 2010). To sum up his intellectual progress, the word polymath comes up as an apt definition. His strong reading habits covered authors like Keats  Kipling on the genre of poetry, Marx  Faulkner for social systems, Gandhi  Aristotle for philosophy, idealism from Russell  Nietzsche and psychology from Freud (Anderson, 1997). Yet a medical doctor turned revolutionary, his main turning point in life came when Fidel Castro upon appreciating his intellect and unwavering imagination for a better world, took him in his team in revolting against the then Cuban regime supposedly supported by the US imperialistic forces.

Cuban mining industry was at that time under the US control and there was a case for exploiting the local Cuban labor by the corporate juggernauts of the mining industry. Frustrated by this imbalance, Castro with the help of Che was able to marshal his revolutionary team for a change in government and the rest is history. Che is lionized around the world for bringing about semblance of order among the social classes of Cuba in a revolutionary style. With a thunderous welcome at the United Nations, Che, on behalf of the Cuban delegation, delivered a candid speech against the imperialistic designs of the US. Part of the speech included these famous lineThose who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men  how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom(The Che Reader, 2005 p.17). That speech resulted in a beginning of a covert operation against him which later took his life.

Whether its a designer T-Shirt with the famous Guerrillero Heroico on it or a Beer can with the same picture of Che, there are millions upon millions who confirm the legacy of Che. Che was right when he said that I am not thinking of my mortality but on the immortality of the revolution.


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