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After Elian, Liberal Racists Declare War on Hispanics
Richard Poe April 27, 2000
An extraordinary article appeared on the front page of New York Press this week (April 26 - May 2, 2000). It was headlined, "Just Nuke Miami." In it, left-wing pundit Alexander Cockburn wrote:
"There is a sound case to be made for dropping a tactical nuclear weapon on the Cuban section of Miami. The move would be applauded heartily by most Americans. Alas, Operation Good Riddance would require the sort of political courage sadly lacking in Washington these days."
Cockburn is joking, of course. I am sure he does not really wish to incinerate tens of thousands of Hispanic men, women and children.
But, as a Hispanic American myself, I don't find his joke funny. Indeed, it is deeply disturbing to find that genocide against Latino families has become an acceptable topic of humor among the hip, trendy and politically correct crowd.
For many years, the U.S. government has found it convenient to use Cuban-Americans as pawns in its conflict with Castro. Now that Cuba is ready to open its doors to U.S. business, Cuban-Americans are no longer needed. In fact, they are in the way.
So the press has declared open season on Cuban-Americans. And all the liberal glitterati are jumping on the bandwagon.
Articles like Cockburn's help me to understand how it felt to be a Jew in 1930s Germany. At that point, the real killing had not yet begun. But if there was one sure way for a stand-up comic to get a laugh at the local cabaret, it was to crack "jokes" about what should be done with the Jews.
My father was of Russian Jewish descent and my mother of Mexican descent. The Jewish half of me takes genocide very seriously. Now the Mexican half of me must learn to take it seriously too.
Mexican-American author Richard Rodriguez penned an article last week for Pacific News Service titled "Elian - The First Cause That Could Unify Hispanics" (April 20, 2000). He observed that the Elian crisis has forever changed the relationship between Cuban-Americans and other Latinos.
"Before Elian Gonzalez floated into our lives," wrote Rodriguez, "many U.S. Hispanics couldn't stand Cuban-Americans. ... They are the richest, best-educated, and (bottled or not) the blondest among us. ... Cuban-Americans, alone among Hispanics, have never portrayed themselves as `minorities' or 'victims' in the United States. Just the reverse: Cubans have described America as rescuing them from victimization."
That description reminds me of my mother. Though she is Mexican-American, she thinks more like a Cuban-American. Her family were middle-class people who fled Mexico to avoid being slaughtered by Pancho Villa. Anyone who owned property was fair game for the so-called "revolutionaries" in those days.
My grandparents found refuge in this country. My mother taught us to love the United States as a haven against oppression, violence and tyranny.
Like the Cuban-Americans, my mother does not identify herself as a minority. She votes Republican. She (unfortunately) did not teach her children Spanish. She raised us to be assimilated Americans.
Because I have a light complexion, a middle-class upbringing and an Anglo-sounding name (which my Jewish grandfather invented: his real name was Pogrebisky), I have always had the luxury of being able to choose when and where to reveal my Mexican heritage. If I don't tell people, they don't know. This ability to blend in has given me a great advantage in U.S. society.
But today I no longer feel that it is right or moral to blend in. There are times when a man must make a stand or he is not a man.
"Elian changed everything," Rodriguez writes in an April 22 update of his article. "For the first time, watching TV footage of the bonfires and arrests in Little Havana on Saturday, we have been seeing Cuban Americans as minorities. ... The arrogance that had always separated them from other Hispanics is diminishing."
According to Rodriguez, sympathy for the Cuban-American cause is growing among non-Cuban Hispanics. He writes: "In the days before the federalistas seized the boy and reunited him with his father, Puerto Rican and Dominican flags had joined the parades through Little Havana. And in the Cyclone fence in front of the house of Elian's great-uncle, Lazaro Gonzalez, the predawn raiders may have noticed the flags of Brazil and Mexico ... ."
Like all Americans, Latinos are divided on exactly what to do about Elian and his father. But a growing number - myself included - are beginning to realize that an attack on Cuban-Americans is an attack on all of us. _______________________________________
-- - (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 28, 2000
"Before Elian Gonzalez floated into our lives," wrote Rodriguez, "many U.S. Hispanics couldn't stand Cuban-Americans. ... They are the richest, best-educated, and (bottled or not) the blondest among us. ... Cuban-Americans, alone among Hispanics, have never portrayed themselves as `minorities' or 'victims' in the United States. Just the reverse: Cubans have described America as rescuing them from victimization.
This is why liberals hate Cubans.
-- - (email@example.comQm), April 28, 2000.
WRONG STUPID!!!!!!!!!! We hate then cause there SPICS!!!!!!!!!!
-- Manny (No@dip.com), April 28, 2000.
Good post x. Thanks
-- Debra (!!!!@!!!!.com), April 28, 2000.
them because they are
-- urabigot (...@.....), April 28, 2000.
hey urabigot at least I know who my daddy was. That is more than you can say asshole.
-- Manny (No@dip.com), April 28, 2000.
A German-American here, standing in solidarity with the Miami Latinos -- and all people with heart -- on this issue...
-- Normally (Oxsys@aol.com), April 28, 2000.
Good to know you're still alive and kicking!
Let's meet in Las Vegas next Friday night (05/05/00) at your favorite topless club and see if there are any Cuban honeys there. Lap-Dancer also wants to meet you. Tell us what you look like so we'll be able to identify you. The VIP Lounge, right?
-- HighwayMan (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 28, 2000.
Like I really give a fuck about you two. The VIP lounge is for high rollers. You couldn't afford the 200$ to get in.
-- Manny (No@dip.com), April 28, 2000.
Thanks for the post. For the record, Alex Cockburn is full of shit. He is an idiot. I can't believe anybody would ever take any of his articles seriously. He has no credibility. He's a radical wacko.
-- meemee (email@example.com), April 28, 2000.
This is typical Newsmax right-wing trash. They like to label everyone who doesn't support their narrow-minded greedy right-wing agenda as a "liberal racist" who are the cause of ALL the problems in the world.
So some idiot makes a stupid comment. Why does the headline say "liberal racists" plural? They are talking about ONE person! This is typical of the lies that Newsmax and World Net Daily are always spreading. If any group has a reputation for being racist it's the right-wingers. The only reason they're supporting the Cuban Americans on this issue is because they want to destroy Reno.
-- Hawk (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 29, 2000.
I guess that eliminates you, eh? Oh well, we can meet outside the VIP area. By the way, Lap-Dancer is Hispanic, and she thinks you sound like you're cute!
-- Highwayman (highwayman@rollingup.I15), April 29, 2000.
I wouldn't let a spic on my lap.
-- Manny (No@dip.com), April 29, 2000.
Manny - You'd likely be missing a good time. Why lump people of other races into the same category? Do you really think all whites are the same? Are all women the same as how you view Lady Logic? If it's really all the uncontrolled immigration of recent years that is bothering you, I can agree with that. But not that other races are automatically inferior in and of themselves. Some members of those classes are, others are not. I've known a lot of undesirable whites over the years, too.
-- Immigration Man (Iman@nomore.aliens), April 29, 2000.
Look out now you're about drift into my territory and call yourself SecretAgentMan.....
-- Maxwell Smart (SecretAgentMan@Maxwell.com), April 29, 2000.
may have noticed the flags of Brazil and Mexico
GROAN! Quick, somebody tell this guy what language they speak in Brazil!
HINT: IT AIN'T SPANISH!
-- HAHAHAHAHA (HA@HA.COM), April 29, 2000.
Didn't Johnny Rivers record "Secret Agent Man"? Who was it that recorded "Immigration Man"? It was funny.
-- Memory Failing (MemFail@NameThat.Tune), April 29, 2000.
Richard Rodriguez is an openly gay Hispanic-Jewish Conservative who has written for National Review. How can we trust a man like this?
-- (email@example.com), April 30, 2000.
Anyone knows it's Portuguese. Even Manny.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 30, 2000.
Openly gay Hispanic-Jewish Conservative
How many oxymorons in the above statement?
-- Ra (email@example.com), April 30, 2000.
That's the point. The world doesn't always fit into the neat little categories that we prefer.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 01, 2000.