The Sun-Sentinel has an article titled “Coast Guard returns 204 Cubans to homeland”. The story tallies up September’s interceptions and repatriations. No names, no human stories, just numbers. This isn’t going to be a post about the inhumanity of the wet foot dry foot policy. It is inhumane, it’s also obvious that tears, hang wringing and pleas from us are not going to change it. This post is not even about the Sun-Sentinel article, what I want to talk about are the comments left in response to the article. As of this writing, there are seventy-five comments.
Comments like this:
They should not provide them with transportation all the way back to Cuba…. they should take them halfway and let them swim the rest of the way… and they should let them swim either to Cuba or Florida, and wherever they make it that is where they should stay… and if they don’t make it… OH WELL!! maybe they should have stayed in Cuba to begin with and fight for their freedom until death… if things are so bad in Cuba then fight for freedom and democracy THERE… to come here and then complain about Fidel is being two-faced…. stay and fight, or leave and shut up and assimilate… learn English and be an American… not a Cuban-American… an AMERICAN!!!
Send all the Cuban cowards back–They don’t have the balls to fight for their own country.
they should use tow ropes behind them boats and bring all of those Cubans that came here since 1960 and make them waterski all the way back to Cuba.
Those are very ugly words; I wonder how much of this vitriol comes from current anti-immigrant sentiment and how much is just plain old bigotry. Whichever, it makes my stomach churn. It’s vile, and maybe it’s me, but I can’t help but note a strain of jealousy in the comments. It seems to me that hateful remarks about Cubans are somehow acceptable in ways that they aren’t for any other ethnic group. You can add your two cents worth here.
UPDATE: I sent an email to the editor at the Sun-Sentinel late last night complaining about the comments. I didn’t expect a reply but I just received this. I’ve already thanked her.
Re: Coast Guard returns 204 Cubans to homeland
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