Or, Che Guevara est mortuus
Heard a Mexican-American caller last night on local talk radio berating the Cuban-American community for its lack of support of this week’s protests by La Raza, etal, around the country. His gripe, as you can imagine, was that according to him, Cuban “immigrants” get special treatment from the US government. And since we all speak Spanish, you see, we are all the same and thus, the Cuban-American community has betrayed their “Latino” and “Hispanic” brothers and sisters in arms because we didn’t support their cause while receiving said preferential treatment.
Since so many of the protesters are skipping school to take back their lands via la Reconquista, I thought I’d offer up a quick vocabulary lesson that will hopefully clear up the “we’re the same” misconception:
One who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution.
im·mi·grant n. A person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another.
Contrary to what today’s media prefers to call Cubans who risk their lives to reach US shores – lately the term has been “migrants” – those Cubans are fleeing political oppression and are, thus, refugees. As I stated in a previous post, when Mexican “migrants” are faced with systematic violations of every basic human and civil right as the people of Cuba are, then perhaps I would accept a similarity.
What I will never accept, however, is the undignified treatment of a symbol of the United States of America under the caveat that as a “latino” or “hispanic” it is done on my behalf. While this country may not be perfect, it offered me refuge and the freedom to be me and I take great umbrage when an American flag is desecrated supposedly in my name. That’s my flag that was being burned. That’s my flag that was being hung upside-down and below the flag of another nation on my own soil.
And if disrespecting my American flag wasn’t enough, many of these protesters are proudly donning the image of the Butcher of La Cabaña himself, none other than che guevara:
Now, if you think you can criticize me for not supporting your protest while insulting me by desecrating the flag of the country that has taken my family in and offered me liberty and prosperity, and then all the while proudly displaying the image of a man who murdered countless of Cubans and was instrumental in the destruction of my country of birth and the reason for my family having to seek refuge in the first place, you got another thing coming.
That man on your t-shirt stands for everything that I and my community detest and what we passionately and painstakingly fight against. And too many courageous and noble Americans and Cubans gave their lives fighting the likes of the very same man whom you seem to revere. So don’t come to me asking for my support. Youre not going to get it. I dont care what your cause is. Not while I still breathe and you’re lauding che guevara.
And if I may offer a few words of advise to my protesting “brothers and sisters”: Before you choose a hero like che guevara for your cause, better do your homework first. Here’s a start: