Che Guevara has, for fifty years at least, been the ultimate leftist pin-up. Yet the middle class left-wing students who idolise him do so in total ignorance of the fact that ‘Che’ was a racist and a homophobe. His attitude to ‘gays’? “Shoot them!”
From the diary that Ernesto wrote before he was Che, before he was a communist, when he was only 24, and when he had just made significant contact with blacks for the first time (Argentina being overwhelmingly white), we can draw the following passages.
“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.”
“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.”
Che frequently personally shot various ‘undesirables’, including ‘traitors’, deserters, ‘class enemies’ and homosexuals.