No doubt many of us Cuban Americans will be surprised to find out that although he did not want to admit it, Sammy Davis Jr. was one of us.
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sha boing boing boing. *In a Tommy Davidson voice*
Sammy Davis, Jr. was many things. As he liked to put it, “I’m a one-eyed Negro Jew.” Another thing that Davis was, is Cuban. He was born to a black father, Sammy Davis, Sr. and a Cuban-American mother, entertainer Elvera Sanchez. However, Davis spent many of his years in show business denying that he was and saying he was Puerto Rican instead. He did this, as he said in his autobiography, because he didn’t want to have to deal with a backlash for being Cuban during a time when anti-Cuban sentiments were high and could affect his career.