I just love a good Commie propaganda flick. I am Cuba is one of my favorite movies of all time. This being the case, I was a real sucker for The Motorcycle Diaries, a poignant and beautiful film about Che Guevara's travels through South America on his motorcycle with his friend. The film is based on Che Guevara's written memoir of the same title. The film reeked of propaganda because the Che Guevara character was a saint that stood for moral righteousness. He was more God than man.
What people who want to foster the myth of Che Guevara don't want to tell you -- what the movie does not tell you, is that Che Guevara was a racist, an anti-Semite, and a homophobe. I have selected the least ambiguous quotes from The Motorcycle Diaries -- the book, to illustrate my point. Keep in mind while reading the quotes that Che Guevara was not only a medical doctor, but talked incessantly about the ignorance and petty prejudices of people of all social classes.
Quotes from The Motorcycle Diaries (2003, Ocean Press):
"The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing, have seen their territory invaded by a new kind of slave: the Portuguese." (p. 161)
"The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations."
"The episode upset us a little because the poor man, apart from being homosexual and a first-rate bore, had been very nice to us, giving us 10 soles each, bringing our total to 479 for me and 163 1/2 to Alberto." (p. 150)
"The first person we hit on was the mayor, someone called Cohen; we had heard a lot about him, that he was Jewish as far as money was concerned but a good sort." (p. 139)
"The somewhat animal-like concept the indigenous people have of modesty and hygiene means that irrespective of gender or age they do their business by the roadside, the women cleaning themselves with their skirts, the men not bothering at all, and then carry on as before." (p. 116)
By the time Che had written The African Dream he certainly had either changed his bigoted outlook towards blacks or become smart enough to portray himself as someone who did not appear harbor beliefs of racial superiority.
Since the time that I originally posted this, a myriad of ignorant, right-wing assholes, including neo-nazis, have used these quotes in order to validate backward beliefs that they acquire from exploitative fuckwads like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'rielly, and Adolph Hitler. I have some reason to believe that Bill O'rielly himself used these quotes that I dug up. I didn't post these quotes to support the right-wing asshole agenda. In addition, many of you right-wing assholes have chosen to lift these quotes and not give me credit. Some of you have even altered what I said. Let me take this opportunity to inform you right-wing assholes that you are a bunch of ignorant fucking cocksuckers. And fuck you! And I mean, really, really fuck yourselves.
I wrote this because I just wish that people would stop idolizing Che as if he were some type of God. It was never intended to be right-wing fodder. You pathetic and ignorant right-wing chuckleheads and you motherfucking neo-nazi scum are ignorant fucking losers.