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Post By @CubanWindow translated from the original: Cuba, those who live in front of us and our symbols by La Historia de Cuba ( The Cuban History) +  Daniela Hernández Rojas / TeleCubanacan + Telesur English You Tube + Tribeca Film festival + Free the Five +  Ecured

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This morning, when I was walking to work, a beautiful Cuban flag hung from the door of the Artex (Cuban mercantile society whose fundamental social object is the promotion and commercialization of the Cuban culture) selling point at the end of Boulevard, Juan Bruno Zayas, it was sold between 23 and 50 cuc (btwn 24,45 and 48,90 usd)  that’s more than the salary average in Cuba, that is more than my salary. But this price so expensive, expensive for Cubans, is for the foreigners who visit our city, the flag, beautiful, is built on this island to sell it to foreigners, not to Cubans, and that is a mistake we are paying for.

And the image caught my attention because recently I attended a conference of the journalist, blogger and television director Iroel Sánchez, in which very colloquially, two things were summed up, the Cubans are not clear, or do not use our Cultural symbols as we should, and secondly, we use too much North Americans symbols, almost always their national flag.

The  causes, the interminable flow between the two nations has helped a lot , the neighbors are very good spreading their values, and we Cubans have not been so much, and not only because we have left the flag out of reach of the common Cuban to sell it at such high prices, if not because we have not taken advantage of the richness of our history, for example, since when there are no new episodes of Elpidio Valdés (1), why not spread this image in backpacks, school attributes, with the Objective to make simple and daily his image for the children and adolescents of today? … the Five are a symbol in Cuba, as it was Elian (2) at the time, the bearded ones, the olive green uniform … that we have to strengthen it, And I think we still have time to do it.

But what we do not have time is to prevent the penetration of symbols typical of American culture in ours, not only for the use of the flag in clothing, analyze many of our music videos or simply the movies that are Broadcast on our television.

In my opinion, the solution is not to prohibit, policies can not go against development and cultural exchange, but in strengthening our roots, our roots mambisas, because Cuba is more than mulattoes, tobacco and rum. Why not sell flags at affordable prices, why not market pullovers with these types of reasons also at low prices, organize contests at school level and not only stay in the fact of knowing the meaning of the colors of our national insignia, the symbol For it to truly be effective at the level of society, must be carried in the heart.

(1) Is a colonel of the Cuban Liberation Army that in the XIX Century fights for the independence of the Homeland against the Spanish colonialism, to the control of a squadron of cavalry next to its companions

(2) As the new millennium began, one news story captured the attention and hearts of nearly every American. On Thanksgiving 1999, a young Cuban boy named Elián González was found floating in the Florida Straits by himself after his mother drowned trying to seek refuge in the United States. Before long, the 5-year-old González became the centerpiece of an intense custody battle between his father back in Cuba and his relatives in Miami, which, in turn, brought attention to the long-brewing tensions between Fidel Castro’s Cuba and the U.S. —Matt Barone / Related to the documentary of the same name that is presented in the Tribeca Film Festival