Che Guevara


Ernesto Che Guevara (June 14 1928 - October 9 1967) is captured in Bolivia with US/CIA collaboration and is executed the next day.
Che Guevara On BPoC education, universal access to higher education and affirmative action in universities: “The days when education was "a privilege of the white middle class" had ended. "The University" he said, "must paint itself Black, mulatto, worker, and peasant." If it did not, he warned, the people would break down its doors "and paint the University the colors they like."
On the US policy towards their Black population: “Those 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?” December 11th, 1964, United Nations.

On capitalism: “The laws of capitalism, blind and invisible to the majority, act upon the individual without their thinking about it. They see only the vastness of a seemingly infinite horizon before them. That is how it is painted by capitalist propagandists, who purport to draw a lesson from the example of Rockefeller—whether or not it is true—about the possibilities of success. The amount of poverty and suffering required for the emergence of a Rockefeller, and the amount of depravity that the accumulation of a fortune of such magnitude entails, are left out of the picture, and it is not always possible to make the people in general see this."
“People truly achieves their full human condition when their produce without being compelled by the physical necessity of selling themselves as a commodity.”

On US imperialism in Latin America:
The capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the US prompted his involvement in Guatemala's social and land reforms (end of latifundia system) under President Jacobo Árbenz. The CIA-assisted overthrow of Árbenz at behest of the United Fruit Company solidified his view of the US as an imperialist power that would oppose and attempt to destroy any government that sought to redress the socioeconomic inequality endemic to Latin America and other developing countries.

“The last Latin American revolutionary democracy – that of Jacobo Arbenz – failed as a result of the cold premeditated aggression carried out by the United States. Its visible head was the Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, a man who, through a rare coincidence, was also a stockholder and attorney for the United Fruit Company.”

It was Guatemala which finally convinced him of the necessity for armed struggle and for taking the initiative against imperialism. By the time he left, he was sure of this.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/guevara/1964/12/11.htm