Despite being just ninety miles from the United States, Cuba and the US remain estranged siblings. In the Spring of 2016 on an unprecedented visit, President Obama worked with Raul Castro and Cuban officials towards a “normalization” process. Now, Trump’s policy is closing the door on Cuba, bringing into question what is “normal” in contemporary foreign policy.
One effect of this half decade long blockade is a lack of exchange; exchanges of goods, of ideas, and of stories. There is a gaping hole in the US consciousness as to our shared history. Now, after more than sixty years of conflict and sacrifice, the Cuban dream remains the same : independence.