Following the death of repressive former Cuban President Fidel Castro, many liberal college professors in the United States took it upon themselves to defend the image of Castro as a “charismatic” and “incredibly complex” man who was a “dedicated and powerful proponent of racial justice.”

When Castro passed away Friday, a myriad of Cubans, Cuban-Americans, and U.S. politicians quickly condemned Castro and his dictatorial legacy.

“Although the Right detested him, those of us on the Left respected his standing up for the poor, the downtrodden, and the desperate masses of the developing world.”

But the narrative was markedly different on liberal college campuses, where many professors heaped praise on the Communist leader.

“His complex life and politics were vilified here in the U.S. But for me as an anglophone Caribbean person, he represented the provision of educational opportunities through scholarships, health opportunities, and national, social, and cultural opportunities,” Althea Spencer Miller, an assistant professor at Drew University, wrote in a post on Facebook

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