Pepe Billete: "I'm Not a Latino, I'm Not a Hispanic, I'm a Cuban American!"

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I don't know about you, pero every time I hear someone refer to me as "Hispanic" or "Latino," me dan ganas de meterle una pata por culo a alguin. My response is always the same (unless its la mona): I'm a Cuban American, you comemierda!

Oye, the only thing that makes me more proud than being a Miamian is the fact that I am Cuban American. I don't appreciate the fact that the status quo has made it appropriate to use an umbrella term to describe my cultural background. The words "Latino" and "Hispanic" are xenophobic cojones, and I'm sick and tired of people calling me that shit! Today's blog is dedicated to showing you why you shouldn't put up with it either!

"Latino" and "Hispanic"? El coño tu madre!


The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term "Hispanic" as "of or relating to Spain or Spanish-speaking countries." I would be totally ok with this term if it were used in a way that is true to its definition, pero guess what? Ni pinga, it's not. First of all, cuando cojones do you ever hear someone in the media refer to a Spaniard as a "Hispanic"? In my experience, they're called "European," "Spanish," or of course my abuela's favorite, "Gallego" (the latter of which actually means a Spaniard from Galicia). Why does Spain get a pass on being lumped in with the rest of us?

Any Cuban can tell you that unlike the vast majority of Spanish-speaking countries, Spain effectively eradicated any and all trace of the "Tainos" (the native race of the Caribbean) from Cuba during colonialization, so there is no such thing as a "native" Cuban. My ancestors are African and Spanish, so porque coño can't I choose one of those if you're not going to have "Cuban" as a separate designation?

And speaking of Africa, Equatorial Guinea is a Spanish-speaking country on that continent, and I seriously doubt you'll ever hear the media refer to someone from that country as "Hispanic."

So what about "Latino" you ask? Otro mojon mas! Oxford defines "Latino" as a person from a "Latin American" country. Pero que carajo es un Latin American country? The term "Latin America" is actually defined as a region of the Americas where Romance languages (those derived from Latin, ie: French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese) are primarily spoken. See the problem?

Pipo, when was the last time you heard someone refer to a Haitian as a "Latino"? No me resingues! Canada is part of the Americas, pero French-Canadians are never called "Latinos." In fact, did you know that Brazilians universally object to being called that shit? Bueno, you know what? Pa la pinga! If French-Canadians, Haitians, and Brazilians don't have to deal with it, cojones, neither do Cubans!

The fact is that in most of the U.S., when people say "Hispanic" or "Latino," what they really mean is "Mexican." Yes, pipo, this is 100% the case. In Miami, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, we understand that there is a very big fucking difference between a Colombian and a Venezuelan, a Cuban and a Puerto Rican, an Argentine and a Uruguayan. But in most other cities, your Spanish-speaking ass is just Mexican -- probably because 66 percent of the 48 million "Hispanic" people in the US are, in fact, Mexican. Pero to me, it's still pretty fucking offensive. Cubans and Mexicans come from two very different cultures and have very different experiences here in the U.S. A mi me saca del guisio because every time I turn on the news and I hear some statistic about "Hispanics," I know que esos comemierdas are not talking about my fucking people, coño!

According to the US Census, there are only about 1.7 million Cubans in the entire U.S. and half of them live in Miami-Dade County. (I know, it shocked me too.) But despite our modest numbers, Cubans are by far the most successful group of "Hispanics" in the United States.

Below I've outlined some prime examples of how the "Hispanic" national statistic designation misrepresents Cubans according to the last United States Census, a published doctoral dissertation on the demographic profile of Cuban Americans, and an article by Roan Garcia-Quintana, former Deputy Director of the US Department of Education's National Institute of Education and current Senate Candidate for district 7 in South Carolina.

Native Born
General Hispanic Population: 30.8 million
Cuban Only: 725 thousand

Foreign Born
General Hispanic Population: 18.4 million
Cuban Only: 1.03 million

Have Graduated High School
General Hispanic Population: 61.6%
Cuban Only: 76%

Have Achieved a Bachelor's Degree
General Hispanic Population- 13%
Cuban Only- 24%

Population 25 Years Or Over That Have Achieved a Graduate Degree
General Hispanic Population: 4.1%
Cuban Only: 9.2% (national average for the entire population is 10 percent!)

Employed in Management, Business, Science, and Arts Occupations
General Hispanic Population: 18.8
Cuban Only: 31.5% (national average for the entire population is 35.6 percent!)

Poverty Rate
General Hispanic Population: 20.9%
Cuban Only: 12.5%

And that's just the tip of the iceberg, pipo. Cubans are also among the wealthiest "Latinos"; though we're only 4 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population, more than 50 of the 100 richest Hispanics in the U.S. are Cuban. And in 1997, more second-generation Cuban Americans held bachelor's degrees than Anglos. This fact may be 15 years old, pero it's fucking impressive, cojones!

Now let me be clear, the intention of this article is to expose how using terms like "Hispanic" and "Latino" are inherently flawed and xenophobic, not to propagate any idea that Cubans are somehow "better" than any other group of people. Much of this prosperity and success can be attributed to the fact that Cubans don't have the same immigration and naturalization problems that other countries do. Cubans who manage to make it to our shores are welcomed with open arms as exiles, while Mexicans and other Spanish-speaking people are denied residency and basically treated like criminals. I am fully aware that this has a huge impact on the success rate of a group of people, pero cojones, with so many significant differences between the Cuban population and the general "Hispanic" population in America, incorrectly using an umbrella term to describe these two very different groups of people is a fucking travesty!

If you are of Cuban decent, it is your duty to put a stop to this bullshit! The next time someone classifies you as anything other than Cuban American, mandalo pal coño su madre!

Me cago en la madre de los tomates! Por poco me da un patatun escribiendo esta mierda!

Love,
P$

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la.lola
la.lola

Bueno mi amor im jodida with all this miearda que si de aqui or from the there what yo se is q yo naci en cuba mi mama es de espana y mi papa aleman..... y in this momento estoy living en la Yumma (u.s.a) afuera de donde viene la pacotilla tu sabe what i mean si tu te cristes en cuba but i i dont importa where im from or how me llamen polque al final todos comemons las misma mierda and we all from a toto and get burried in a hole so you know im international i dont care you wanna decirme africana canadiense francesa espanola cubana o el cono de la madre asi ya tu sabe porq i do not

sprechen sie dutch? Sie alle wissen, was ich meine, oder? kubanischen? Spanier? Haitianischen? Französisch? Chinesisch? Pakistani? Wir alle kommen aus einer Scheide und am Ende in einem Loch! Also das ist ok. Ich weiß nur, meine Mutter ist mein Vater Spanier Deutsch und ich war in Kuba geboren, spielt es keine Rolle!

j_wonder2001
j_wonder2001

Why not stop the Cubans from coming over here. We have enough racists in America. 

Marco
Marco

The most separatist and racist people I have ever met have come out of the White Miami Cuban ranks andso MANY of them, I say this being Cuban, born in Cuba.

Marco
Marco

The most separatist and racist people I have ever met have come out of the White Miami Cuban ranks and so MANY of them, I say this being Cuban, born in Cuba.

amilaroa
amilaroa

Who the fuck told you that Spaniards are not Hispanics, they are indeed Hispanics and the ones who created the Spanish culture my friend, don't you know where the Caribbean is located, a hint??? Latin America, we (Cubans) are Latin Americans and Hispanics at the same time regardless of race, ancestry or language...where the hell do you think Cuba is? Cuba is in the heart of Latin America...why do you think you're better than any other latinos, because you're a little lighter???? pa mi que lo tu estas acomplejada de quien eres PUNTO!!!!! Asere, todos somos latinos desde el brasileño mas rubio o mas negro, hasta el boliviano mas inidigena. Ahora otro aspecto que queria tocar es El termino Hispano que se refierre a todas la personas que hablamos el idioma Español o que tenemos origen en un pais de habla hispana.

amilaroa
amilaroa

Who the fuck told you that Spaniards are not Hispanics, they are indeed Hispanics and the ones who created the Spanish culture my friend, don't you know where the Caribbean is located, a hint??? Latin America, we (Cubans) are Latin Americans and Hispanics at the same time regardless of race, ancestry or language...where the hell do you think Cuba is? Cuba is in the heart of Latin America...why do you think you're better than any other latinos, because you're a little lighter???? pa mi que lo tu estas acomplejada de quien eres PUNTO!!!!! Asere, todos somos latinos desde el brasileño mas rubio o mas negro, hasta el boliviano mas inidigena. Ahora otro aspecto que queria tocar es El termino Hispano que se refierre a todas la personas que hablamos el idioma Español o que tenemos origen en un pais de habla hispana.

amilaroa
amilaroa

Who the fuck told you that Spaniards are not Hispanics, they are indeed Hispanics and the ones who created the Spanish culture my friend, don't you know where the Caribbean is located, a hint??? Latin America, we (Cubans) are Latin Americans and Hispanics at the same time regardless of race, ancestry or language...where the hell do you think Cuba is? Cuba is in the heart of Latin America...why do you think you're better than any other latinos, because you're a little lighter???? pa mi que lo tu estas acomplejada de quien eres PUNTO!!!!! Asere, todos somos latinos desde el brasileño mas rubio o mas negro, hasta el boliviano mas inidigena. Ahora otro aspecto que queria tocar es El termino Hispano que se refierre a todas la personas que hablamos el idioma Español o que tenemos origen en un pais de habla hispana.

amilaroa
amilaroa

Who the fuck told you that Spaniards are not Hispanics, they are indeed Hispanics and the ones who created the Spanish culture my friend, don't you know where the Caribbean is located, a hint??? Latin America, we (Cubans) are Latin Americans and Hispanics at the same time regardless of race, ancestry or language...where the hell do you think Cuba is? Cuba is in the heart of Latin America...why do you think you're better than any other latinos, because you're a little lighter???? pa mi que lo tu estas acomplejada de quien eres PUNTO!!!!! Asere, todos somos latinos desde el brasileño mas rubio o mas negro, hasta el boliviano mas inidigena. Ahora otro aspecto que queria tocar es El termino Hispano que se refierre a todas la personas que hablamos el idioma Español o que tenemos origen en un pais de habla hispana.

mart9230
mart9230

I am Cuban and I received minimum help from the government when i arrived to this country back in 2000. They gave me food stamps for 3 months, medicaid for 6 months. But the most important thing they gave me was legal status, so i was able to work immediately. Today I make over 100K a year, and I am a very successful professional, but that wasn't because of the welfare assistance i received at the beginning, the reason i am successful is because i was granted legal status in this country and with that legal status i was able to integrate to this society. Looking back i wish I never took that welfare assistance, I didn't need it anyways. I never went to the doctor and I was on a strict diet from the moment i got off the airplane, so not really sure how those benefits people say Cubans receive really help boost my success. To all my Cuban people, I am very proud of them.

ckp422
ckp422

Hi to all my Cuban Americans, Americans, Latinos, Hispanics, African-Americans,Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans,Native Americans,Mexican-Americans,Peruvian, Venezuelan, etc., etc. etc.---Guess What - We are all Human Beings. I too am of Cuban descent, my mother arrived in the U.S.A. in 1946. My maternal grandmother was from Barcelona, Spain. My maternal grandfather was a Cuban native-of Amerindian,Chinese,and Black descent. I want all you Young Cubans to realize that 99.9 % of Cubans have African ancestry. My father is American -of German,English, African, and Native American descent. His descendants came over with the Mayflower, the Africans were brought here involuntarily-sold off  by other tribesman or just abducted. The Native Americans, much like the Tainos and the other original natives of Cuba-were killed off by European diseases and forced to live in the outermost edges of the country. My family through the years is now Irish, Italian, English, Puerto-Rican, Jewish,Salvadorian,Russian, etc., etc., etc.-Do You Get It!! We are Black, White, and Brown. We have Platinum Blond Hair, Black Kinky Hair, Red Hair, etc., etc., etc.-Do You Get It!!! I want you to realize that the longer you are here in this wonderful country of the United States of America- Your families will assimilate, homogenize, and become a beautiful mixture of Human Beings, and when someone speaks of Racism, and Bigotry it will offend you, because they're talking about someone in your own Family that you love very much.!!! Lets just consider ourselves extremely lucky to be here and support and love each other. That's what makes this country the envy of all others, we are a melting pot. By the way, in the year 2040 - statistics show America as a BROWN country, due to all the mixtures. Personally, I thinks its great!! Hopefully no more bickering about Who's Better, Smarter,etc.,etc.-By the way my family boasts congressman, doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers, judges,welfare queens,- etc., etc., etc. -Do You Get It!! I Sincerely Hope We All Do. You have a right to call yourself whatever you want. No One Can Define You!!! Be Proud of you Heritage!!!

imlatina
imlatina

What a joke. The only reason that you have more economic and political power is because the government has given you entitlements the minute you step on land  The same type of entitlements that you rail against. Then you get here from your oppressed country and try to limit people's opinions on policies you don't agree on. Bunch of arrogant hypocrites. 

mayilpz
mayilpz

Cubana 100%

However I am excepted to be the typical black woman. I get it all the time" Oh? but you do not look Cuban you look like a white girl"  But once I open my mouth they realize I am one. Not because of my kind words but because of my Cuban words:-)

You have no idea how this throws me to another planeta!

 

asouthernwriter
asouthernwriter

Interesting. I actually have never heard this point of view. I am black, and I don't like the term "African-American", so I kind of see the points you have made. 

Ohiggins
Ohiggins

It's funny how this article becomes a contest between all "latins, hispanics, latinos" whatever you want to call yourslef to prove who's better. This basically shows our immaturity as a society and it makes us look very mediocre...I'm Chilean and I will also participate in this dumbass exercise just so I can win. Ha-ha! Ready?? Ok first of all Chileans defeated communism by having balls and staying in the country to fight and WIN. I can't say the same for you guys because you ran and then made the best of what you had.. Good for you!! Anyway then we built Chile the country we have today and if you know anything it is the best country in latin america and by far the best in South America. A country where people from other neighboring countries who are struggling attempt to migrate so they can have an opportunity to succeed in life. Sort of like a U.S of Sout America. Yeah so in my family's case we're successful here in the U.S and back at home. Maybe one day you guys will have your country back you stupid puppet!! Oh yeah and about race since you're trying to put down Mexicans about stuff like that.. Chileans are a mix of Spanish, German, Croatian, English, Italians and Natives which makes for nice looking people..btw our natives actually fought back and kicked some spanish ass too..they didn't just get killed for free..it seems to be a common difference between our two cultures... You run and hide and we stay and fight.. Ok there you go you brainless dumbass of a puppet!!! You're done! Thanks for allowing me to waste a good 5 mins of my time on this stupid article Ha-ha!!

M00m3rs
M00m3rs

 I'm hostile? Jackie decided to make a comment about a "valid difference" as you say... and within that, decided to compare anyone claiming to be from a European country to the EXTREMELY HOSTILE reality show "Jersey Shore." If that wasn't meant to be offensive and hostile toward Europeans (first generation or not,) I'm not sure what is.

Thk
Thk

--- My response is always the same (unless its la mona): --- Chico, como tu, hay 12 millones en Cuba, que se comen los unos a los otros como perros, pero 'a la mona', a la autoridad, al tipo con el palo y la pistola, sonrisita y mansedumbre, y eso bajo el velito de respeto por la autoridad. Mira, hazte idea que cada vez que te hablan jorobao, cada vez que alguien te diga 'hispano', que es 'la mona' hablandote, y asi la gente no tiene que aguantar tu vulgaridad y guaperia barata. Hispano y bien, y acostumbrate, que ahi no vas a ver sino mas racismo.

Sara de NY
Sara de NY

Por eso nos tienen tanta envidia!

Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez

Great article...!!! I just wanted to talk about a couple of points. First, mexicans and any other person crossing US border without the legal papers ARE ILLEGALS, ARE CRIMINALS,ARE BREAKING OUR LAWS, like it or not, so they are suppose to be treated as CRIMINALS. The other point is, puertoricans don't need a visa or passport to get in US. They have pretty much the same rights as americans have but, are they above or below cuban-americans  success..???

Latino Rebels
Latino Rebels

At least we are respectful about it and don't sound like some self-promotion elitists as the puppet claims. Thanks for the advice. Keep living in your isolated world! Peace!

Chula076
Chula076

Pepe, te la comìste pal carajo con este comentario, honestamente te felicito. Peero, se te olvidò mencionar , when you fill out an application, que te ponen, Hispanic ( of Latin descent) or White. Well, I always Answer "White/Hispanic"; because I am both. Para empezar, isn't "Latin" desendent of "Latin America", we are NOT Latin, WE ARE CUBANS AND DARN PROUD IF IT.

Mbarriga
Mbarriga

Call yourself whatever TF you want to call yourself. Ask others to call you whatever TF you want them to call you.

Kendallkat
Kendallkat

this is so dumb i cant even comment back.  Who do u think built texas and california??

Jorge
Jorge

Funny as shit article pepe! Some people on this thread are true comemierdas. 

Bananaman447
Bananaman447

Not all Cubans were handed their papers and allowed to stay. The Cuban Adjuatment Act did not go into effect until 1996. Prior to the Act, Cubans had to seek asylum and/or apply for some type of immigration status that would allow them to stay in the US ans work. There was once a Nicaraguan Adjustment Act which was later repealed when the Nicaraguan government returned to a democratic status.

Jon Doe
Jon Doe

Se orgulloso de tu pais ...  eres Americano!!    Algo que mucha gente el mundo soñaria poder ser.... y la gente que nace en USA lo degradan con Cuban- America or African American o Italian American...  asi que si no naciste en Cuba..  you are right..  no eres latino ni hispano  eres Americano..  be proud of it!!....   Be proud of your country ..you are american...  something that alot of people wish y dream to be..  and people born in the USA downplay by calling themselves Cuban American or African American or Italian American.. therefore if you weren't born in Cuba..  you are right..you are not Latino  nor Hispanic...you are American be proud of it!!!!!!!        Pendejo !!!!   

guardo el gallego
guardo el gallego

Coño, pipo, they pay you to write this racist, xenophobic bullshit? You throw those terms around like you know what they mean, but all you do in your piece is reveal yourself as the racist and xenophobic one. I am Cuban-American, and I am Hispanic, and I am Latino. "We" are not better than the others. Get over yourself, meng.

Tonyfern75
Tonyfern75

This is really nationalistic/racial snobbery dressed up as comedy. I don't endorse the viewpoint and think it causes resentment in the spanish-speaking community. Jose Marti's main goal was to unify all of Latin-America. I don't think he would approve of this small-minded nationalistic swagger.I know it's meant to be funny, but it carries underpinnings that make other spanish-speaking cultures think we're snobs. I'm very proud of my Cuban cultural heritage and I think Pepe Billete is funny and talented,  but there's no reason to post an editorial that basically says "Cuban-Americans are THE shit and we don't want to be lumped in with the rest of you Dominican,Haitian,Puerto Rican,Central and South American douchebags" How do you feel when any group of people that you don't happen to be included in, mouths off about how they are are just "the best"

Guest
Guest

What the hell am I supposed to be called then? I'm a Venezuelan who came to the US at a very young age, but my mom is Cuban. Cuban-Venezuelan-American? Lol please, I prefer American, Hispanic, Latino... or even Mexican to avoid all such a long classification... The fact that many of the people on this page consider "Mexican" to be an insult shows just as much bigotry as calling a Cuban one to begin with.

Alex Fumero
Alex Fumero

That's exactly my point.  It was a long time ago.  And that historic exile prospered and created a network and economy almost unrivaled by other immigrant groups.  But THAT is exactly why we've all prospered, so much.  The ones who came early on had intellectual capital (not to say the later ones didn't).  They were educated, and it allowed them to be entrepreneurial and pass along those ideals.  That has a BIG impact that a lot of Cubans overlook.  "Oye, si, mi primo tiene una empresa de X y te puede ayudar."  That's how a lot got done.  But without the "empresa" to begin with, which would not have existed if not for the highly skilled labor and education-oriented values, el amigo del primo wouldn't have the connection.

Teresa
Teresa

Very interesting and amusing article Pepe. I'm a Cuban living in Canada and have always explained to everyone that there is no such thing as Hispanic or Latino, and that I am CUBAN; but being that a lot of Canadians spend a lot of time vacationing in Cuba (don't get me started on that!), there is always the same look of surprise and the comment "you're Cuban, but, you don't look Cuban at all!", when I ask, 'what do you mean?' - and I always ask, just for fun, the answer is always "well, you're too, well too white", and I almost feel that they want to touch me to make sure it's really my colour. When I tell them that my grandma was blonde and blue eyed, you can see their eyes open wide and know that they don't really quite believe you. After all these years I find it quite funny, but it wasn't at the beginning. Don't get me wrong, I do have mixed white/black relatives that I love very much; so it doesn't matter what these people really think; it's mainly the realization of how ignorant of other countries most people in North America are, it is actually sad to see how little they know outside this area, and some times even outside the place where they live.

JustME322
JustME322

Having lived in the South, in Europe, and currently living in a very self-segregated area, I'm secure in the fact that I have a valid statement to make, and the first-hand knowledge, experience, and evidence to back up my position. Where I live now is the birthplace of the U.S.; a place where there was forced busing to enforce integration in 1974, a place where people not only identify as Armenian, Irish, Italian, French Canadian, Cape Verdean, and Portuguese in addition to a myriad of other things. I've seen black (and if that offends you, then "African-American) friends, colleagues, and clients discriminate against each other based on the shade of their skin, the kinkiness of their hair, and where they grew up. Now, pay attention, I wouldn't want you to miss this: EVERYONE and every subset thinks theirs is the best. Why wouldn't a pack mentality apply to humans? It's what's familiar, it's home. And if you're not privy to the general way that this country was, and continues to be populated, I'll give you another little tidbit: the one that gets "slammed" or crapped one, is the last one off the boat. Cubans haven't been in the U.S. very long in comparison to the earlier European influx, but it's all the same. Everyone is racist and prejudiced to one degree or another. From a tiny scintilla to raging, hood wearing bigots. I've met them all. Here's another general existential fact: we're all just people. All fallible, all human, all programmed and customized with the information that surrounded us during our formative years. The purpose of growing up is to open the mind, broaden the horizons and see the joy in the differences, while still maintaining a certain degree of pride in what makes you YOU. Your inflammatory and low-brow rhetoric smack of a history that has caused you to have a certain kind of chip on your shoulder. I don't pretend to know what made you the kind of person that would publish what could be deemed a pretty offensive blanket statement filled with overt hostility. Whatever the sequence of events, I'm sorry you had to endure them. However it doesn't give you license to just be plain ignorant in your "public" statements. If your personal views are so narrow-minded and you have no inclination to take the blinders off, more power to you as well. Whatever works for you, it's your right as an American. It's that very right that I hold dear and for which I thank my parents and grandparents for coming to the U.S. Cubans talk the talk, but if we are indeed so incredibly bigoted and racist, why are so many of us some mix of European and African genes? While it may be true that we (Cuban-Americans) have a lot of growing up to do; you sir, have a lot of reading material to tackle in order to educate yourself on the history of OUR country, the United States. Perhaps maybe then you'd understand a bit more about the human condition and its evolution; where it's been, and where it's headed. 

Holguin322
Holguin322

Pepe, viejo...I agree with everything you said. I went away to college to North Carolina and now live in Boston. Pero me crie en Carol City/Hialeah/Miami Lakes. La gente no sabe que hacer conmigo. Add the fact that I have pale skin, freckles, and light eyes...it's like they've seen a martian. Yo me rio de todo el mundo. Al fin, I am who I am. If they want me to educate them about my background, great. I'm more than happy to enlighten an individual. If not, I'm too tired to care what ignorant conclusion some gringo or other "Hispanic" has made about me as a person and my background. Maybe it's too many passive-aggressive writing assignments in college with political science and Latin American Studies professors, or the surprised looks from the New England country club set. I just revel in the fact that they can't pigeon-hole me. I'm my own thing. And yes, I speak Spanish correctly. Al igual que se escribir y hablar el Ingles. I applaud the crux of the piece; However, you should've taken a closer look at your last paragraph/disclaimer..."Cuban descent," not "Cuban decent." Two very different things. Also, there are many other variables, in addition to our parents' or our grandparents' initial immigration status that comes into play. And as a former insider looking in; it looks like the Venezuelans and Brazilians follow a similar pattern.  I never post anything; but since this is a topic near and dear to me (because I live with the quizzical looks all the time), I felt compelled to leave tremenda descarga on here. Te pido disculpa. All of that being said:  Te la comiste.

Dannycruz
Dannycruz

I have Cuban descent, amongst other nationalities in my gene pool, hence the distinct facial features that Cubans tend to possess in comparison to people of other spanish speaking cultures... This article is the most bigoted piece of literature I've ever read.  Okay, so we're different from the Mexicans... But is it absolutely necessary to feel such hatred when someone mistakes you for one? God forbid they mistake el Cubanito for a Mexican! This xenophobe way of thinking is the reason why the old Cubans, and the sons & daughters of Cuban refugees are now at odds in every sense of the word... Politically, we don't even identify with most of our parents, and grandparents anymore, because of these skewed superior delusions of grandeur...  Yes, we are proud! Yes, we are committed! Yes, we pull together, and assimilate incredibly well!  But, is it necessary to denounce people of every other spanish speaking background? It's really hard for our generation to hear someone of Cuban descent spew such hatred.  I hope you know, that this does nothing good for us, YOUR CHILDREN, except create hate, and resentment towards us, in reaction to your racist rants, and frankyly embarrassing behavior.  I can't tell you how many of my fellow American colleagues of Cuban descent, profoundly disagree in which the manner that you've decided to speak for us in this article, as active educated professionals in the Southern Florida community, and elsewhere in the US.  I ask of you, on behalf of all Americans of Cuban descent, to please refrain from publishing such divisive, and classless articles to falsely represent what we, educated sons and daughters of Cuban immigrants, actually feel about non Cuban descent spanish speaking people of other countries... Please, we implore you as a whole, don't do us any favors...

Dannycruz911
Dannycruz911

 With that language, you must belong to the group with the graduate degrees... You are a complete and utter ignoramus... You are the epitome of stupidity... Whoever you are please refrain from ever speaking in public again, because you not only bring shame to your parents, but the human race as a whole...

Fabian
Fabian

Oye azere que nos llamen caribeños. No hispanics or latinos. White, black or Asian Caribbean. Dale

Tired of this B$
Tired of this B$

I think the puppet's act is wearing thin. Oye Pepe, 14:35 and counting.

Fabian
Fabian

Pepito te la comiste con este articulo. Esta en pingao yo soy cuban american...

Golfer
Golfer

Yes, using terms like "bourgeois" would indicate a liberal arts major like sociology. It may also indicate someone well educated. However, when it's used "middle class and bourgeois" it really just comes across as repetitive since the definition of bourgeois is 'pertaining to the middle class.' One can be well educated and eloquent, yet there's no need to be grandiloquent.

Golfer
Golfer

Alex, if you so strongly "find this article to express extreme xenophobic ideals and classist superiority" and appear to prefer being called a potato (hispanic or latino).  Therefore wouldn't you make very sure not to distinguish yourself as so, at risk of appearing 'xenophobic or expressing classist ideals.' Yet the headline of your twitter reads "A Young Urban Cuban-American working in Hollywood." Why not read 'A Young Urban Latino or Hispanic in Hollywood.' Why the need to distinguish yourself? After all, Pepe didn't mention all the food, music, art, and dance we apparently share, so why would you differentiate?

la.lola
la.lola

we aint racist or non itz annoying bc cuban are mostly spaniards there is no 'ative cubans' bc spaniards came to cuba and usa and americand and fucked up everything cus we all know that white asses are from eaurope.... the americans anative one originally from here are dark skin mi amor so it sound to me like you id the racist one and the one that is not even and american american you probably were brought from the other side of the world and if you are black you probably african/haitiano cus most native people were kill by dumb Europeans think they all that and uf you white you probably european as well so sssshuuuut up

Marco
Marco

@mart9230 

Political corruption that makes the NY MAFIA look ethical add zero political, police standards all while screaming about Castro, If NOT for the USA federal gvm't the majority of these self serving parasitic Miami Cuban politicos would be no different than Castro.

How proud we should be that we pump out an assembly line of politically corrupt at min totally self serving Cuban politicos right here in Miami.

My God just look at Hialeah.

CubanANDPROUD
CubanANDPROUD

@imlatina Look who talks about fucking hypocrites and here you are judging us and it says CLEARLY in the end that it doesn't mean we are better than anyone, so next time you wanna say something take your head out of your fucking culo and piensa por un momento.

vpazromero
vpazromero

O’Higgins; with all due respect. You are an ignorant; you don't know how or why it happened, you don't know how many were killed fighting at the Escambray Mountains between 1960 and 1968; you don't know how many were executed thru-out Cuba during those years or until 1979. And yes, Viva Chile for all it has accomplished, thanks to a coup d’état and the military that had the balls to defend what the upelientos wanted to serve in a silver platter to castro and communism.

Marco
Marco

@Oscardelta429 

No, that would be Marco Rubio the KNOWN liar whose family fled Batista but the little liar knew that to score brownie points with these old exiles he would say they fled Castro.

However he was caught .

His voting record against women and his bigotry against gays knows no limits. Christian "sharia" and Batista fascist policies are his agenda.

Alex Fumero
Alex Fumero

Man, because I identify more strongly as Cuban than Hispanic.  Doesn't mean I don't identify as Hispanic at all, or think it's a useless designation.  I actually agree it's given too much weight as a signifier, but Pepe's call-to-action is to do away with it all together, or at the very least, to exclude Cubans from it.  It's like if someone asks me where I'm from, I don't usually say "America".  I say, "Miami", cause that's how I feel.  That doesn't mean I'm a xenophobe, and it also doesn't mean I'm not proud to be American. 

Ohiggins
Ohiggins

@vpazromero I actually agree with what you're saying so don't take offense to it. Keep in mind that my comment was posted within the context of all of the other ignorant comments posted by people who actually support this dumb article.. I was simply trying to make light and sarcastically add to the stupidity of this prejudist article and to the fools who actually support this kind of crap. I am well aware of cuba's fight and struggle for freedom and I support the cuban cause. I just wanted to prove how stupid and insensitive we can all sound if we start making prejudist and insulting comments about each other's culture. Yes I agree I'm glad the military had the balls to act when they were needed. Ok I gotta go... I'm gonna go get some cuban coffee now lol

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