El Big Cuban-American Shift

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  1. Chantel says:

    My thoughts, too, Carrie. This is a brave, intelligent post.

  2. Elisa says:

    This is a wonderful post and echoed my thoughts exactly. will tweet out. Hopefully, you won’t get as much push-back as I have — ja! ja! No, en serio, there are a lot of us and I am glad we are no longer invisible.
    Elisa´s last essay ..Saturday Open Thread

    • Carrie says:

      Thanks, Elisa…interesting that so many feel they must be closeted or invisible for having an opinion, something Cubans never are short on.

  3. Lola B. says:

    My sentiments exactly, thanks for putting it out there.

    The “Magic Bubble that is Miami”, I love that.

    • Carrie says:

      Lola, thank you. Are you Cuban?

      • Lola B. says:

        Yes. Well, as in Cuban that happened to be born and raised in Miami to Cuban parents.

        I’m so glad I found your blog! Having lived most of my adult life outside of “the bubble”, it’s nice to relate to someone else who lives in two cultures. Thank you.

  4. Midy says:

    Very well done, Carrie. Not only is our community evolving via American-born Cubans, but we are all seeing evidence of it through media and voting results. For me, it is particularly painful to a) have to deal with the political tension within my own family but also B) have to contend with perpetuated stereotypes about Cubans by the Latino community at large. We have much work to do. Having the courage to speak up — like you did in this post — takes us a step in that direction.

    • Carrie says:

      Midy, the tension, the tension…the judging, the name-calling. Carajo.
      I spoke to a woman the other day — Cuban from Miami who was visiting Nashville — who told me a relative of hers was crying and crying because the woman voted for Obama and just how could she do that?


      No es para tanto.

      Gracias for hanging here with me.

  5. Happy F. says:

    Thank you for your wonderful perspective Carrie. I took the liberty of sharing your article on my FB page, with the hope that some of those “closet” Dems in my family will finally see the light and come out! I know I don’t have to tell you, no es facil being to the left of where the parents and abuelos think we should be. Stay strong amiga! I have no doubt that your article will touch and enlighten many souls. :)

    • Carrie says:

      I don’t know if enlighten, but I did hear it caused a fight in Hialeah.

      I am just glad to offer an opinion al fin.
      It was hard to stay silent this election.

  6. Sonia L says:

    Gracias! At last some nuance in the Cuban-American community! As an over 55yo Cuban Americana I have been waiting for this moment for years. Cuban passion can have nuance and it has to see itself as part if the larger Latino community, something the generation before me and some of my gen have had a hard time going. You give me hope!

    • Carrie says:

      Sonia, I very much appreciate your support.

      Kind of sad that we are encouraged to give our opinion and enjoy a good discussion, but squashed if it is one different from the bloc?

      Mucho gusto!

  7. Teresa Gavalda says:

    Very well said. Hang tough because some of you are already changing my generation’s mind. For your information, I am an anomaly. I am a Cuban born woman who is a Democrat and an officer of my party but nobody had to convince me.

  8. Burt Checa says:


    My wife and I are Cubans and we do live in the boonies. We live in the woods of north-central Florida, half hour north of Branford, the closest town to us. We grow our own food and homeschool our daughter. We live off the land, no steady jobs (pero sin cupones), no medical insurance (pero con la bendición de nuestro Dios), nothing from the government but we are doing just fine, thanks only to our Father in heaven.

    You cannot fool us, we are Americans too. We know very well what happened in Cuba, we grew up there until we were in our twenties. Then we came to this blessed land, we have achieved the true American dream: to own your future with the sweat of today’s work. We know very well what’s happening in South Florida, we spent 20 years living there, in Miami. You cannot fool us, we know why most Cubans that came in the 60’s think the way they do, we know what many Cubans that came in 1980 think and we know why many Cubans that came later or were born here don’t have the vision and understanding of older generations, like you. Our son was 9 years old when he came with us to America. Our daughter was born here 15 years ago, they share our understanding because we gave them all, and I repeat, all the information and they were able to see the truth, by themselves. You either never had that advantage and that’s the reason you are blind or you are a tool of those with an agenda to destroy this country.

    You cannot fool us, we know what happened in these two last elections. When people think that the American dream is made of stuff, they can be bought. When people find that the American dream is to own your future, they work hard for it and nobody will be able to turn them into slaves, like them and you already are. The worst slavery is not the kind that imprisons your body and uses your strength, it’s the one that controls your mind and make you a zombie, even when you think you have your own understanding and are doing your own things, but the reality will hit you hard the day you realize you are just an useful idiot, a house slave in the modern plantation that this country is turning into, just because those comprometidos a cambiarlo and their agents have sold their souls, and their future.

    I would love to talk to you, I would love, if there is still an opportunity, to give you the information you don’t have, or are trying to avoid because you are afraid. You see, there are only two sources of motivation in this world: Love and Fear. You still don’t know the information that will make Love the drive of your life, y yo no tengo una bola de cristal; what you write shows just that. Maybe there’s still a chance, I pray. You have my e-mail.

    I don’t want to offend you or upset you up. Forgive me please, if something I wrote did that, when you want to awake somebody a little shaking and shouting is required sometimes.

    I felt compelled to write you, that’s a sign there’s something in you or your writing that attracted me or interested me. The reason for my letter is not to insultarte. Writing to you this note is my way to extend my hand to you, with a smile, and to say: Nice to meet you, we are bilingual in the boonies too! I would like to be your friend!

    Burt Checa, an old cabinetmaker turned into a farmer.

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