The world according to Pat Oliphant


I’d love to know how long it would take Oliphant to be fired and made an example of for showing the world what a racist he is by means of a bigoted portrayal of afro-wearing African-Americans being sent to Africa. I’m guessing a nano second, while Cuban-Americans can’t even get the WaPo to print a letter about it. It seems in a world of political correctness and training in companies and schools for cultural diversity sensitivity, the only true minority that the world can insult without fear of consequences is Cuban-Americans. Too bad there really is no Miami mafia, because that problem could be fixed “with a phone call.”

As a reminder, this was the original cartoon that the above spoof is based on. Like Claudia says they would have Imused this guy in a minute if the subject of his scorn had been Blacks and not Cubans.


39 thoughts on “The world according to Pat Oliphant”

  1. I’d love to know how long it would take Oliphant to be fired and made an example of for showing the world what a racist he is by means of a bigoted portrayal of afro-wearing African-Americans being sent to Africa. I’m guessing a nano second, while Cuban-Americans can’t even get the WaPo to print a letter about it. It seems in a world of political correctness and training in companies and schools for cultural diversity sensitivity, the only true minority that the world can insult without fear of consequences is Cuban-Americans. Too bad there really is no Miami mafia, because that problem could be fixed “with a phone call.”

  2. Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat from West Virginia, joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1942, and was the Exalted Cyclops leader of his local chapter.
    While speaking on race relations before the U.S. Senate on March 4, 2001, Byrd was heard on C-Span saying: “There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time.” He didn’t specify if he saw them in the KKK.

  3. Senator Byrd stated that he has seen a lot of white niggers in his life. He was obviously referring to his Democrat hillbilly constituents in West Virginia. The senator could also have been making reference to some members of his own mountaineer family. The politically correct term is WHIGGER for white niggers, or white trash, or trailer trash. Ranking high among the Democrat Whiggers is Bill Clinton, the Arkansas dirt eater whose office is in Harlem.

  4. I am still speechless over the Pic……where the hell are all the Hispanic Leaders on this? Wimping away like they always do on issues that dont garner them favor with the voters. WAIT! I am a voter, there for I am.

  5. What’s interesting about all of this is the lack of support that Cuban Americans get from all those “Hispanic” organizations like LULAC, National Council of la Raza and MALDEF who are always going over everything with a fine tooth brush to make sure that there isn’t a trace of anti-“hispanic” bigotry anywhere. Yet, when Cubans are attacked in a vicious open manner, not a word. What’s that saying? TACIT APPROVAL THROUGH INDIFFERENCE?

  6. “What’s interesting about all of this is the lack of support that Cuban Americans get from all those “Hispanic” organizations….”
    Unless I missed it, there has been zero reaction to this outside the Cuban American community. In our society, where any hint of an ethnic slur is headline news with the perpetrator(s) trounced upon by the media and “civil rights” activists, I find this lack of response more hurtful and disturbing than the publishing of the cartoon.

  7. Ziva,
    I am non Cuban and I am offended by the original cartoon.
    I cannot say I agree with all the comments posted above here or the response cartoon, but I certainly respect the outrage expressed.
    It is deserved.
    For my two cents, call me corny but when you use Uncle Sam in a cartoon you’re implying that the entire country is behind something. Well I’m not behind the original cartoon or its sentiment.
    Second, the stereotype of Cubans is the second offensive part of the cartoon and certainly the most offensive part.
    I have disagreed with a lot of the conservative politics expressed on this website but the notion of Cuban-Americans disrupting elections is just plain crap.
    There have been interest groups and voting blocks since this country began, be they Catholics, Organized Labor, Pro Life, Pro Choice, Pro Gun and many other ethnic groups, etc. Of course in 1960 the big controversy was whether Chicago Mayor Daley rigged the election for JFK.
    Finally, the unsaid reference in this cartoon is probably what offends me the most in dealing with my Democratic friends, since it appears to refer to the 2000 election.
    Had Gore won his home state of Tennessee then he he would have been president and the Florida votes would have been irrelevant.
    Gore couldn’t even win his home Congressional district which was his first seat in Congress.
    And “Hanging Chads” would only heve been of interest to Mark Foley and Larry Craig.
    And I dare say you will not see an Oriental cartoon skewering Mrs. Clinton’s California contributor who turned himself in last week on fraud charges.

  8. There is an old story of about a reporter once asking Nehru what he thought of Western democracy. Supposedly, he stroked his chin thoughtfully, then responded, “I think it would be a great idea!”
    Maybe there needs to be some kind of twelve step program for those who are in denial of the gap between true democracy and freedom and the various imperfect ways it has been practiced in our lifetimes. Then, a commitment that we we stumble however imperfectly toward the ideal we hope for.
    I have to find the faith that somehow the sentiments expressed in the cartoon will seem so outlandlish as to be unbeliveable. FYI: unfortunately, as a student of American history I know that such cartoons and commentary -and worse- HAVE been printed or broadcast, in some of our most respected media outlets at one time or another.
    Now I gotta go find something silly and not so serious that will make me laugh and enjoy life…

  9. Ray, it’s not tacit approval of Oliphant’s smear due to indifference; it’s tacit approval due to resentment and/or envy, which is a different matter. Our so-called Hispanic “brothers” are not and never have been truly fraternal, just as our “mother” Spain is not and has not been truly maternal. To hell with all of them. We don’t need bastards for brothers and a bitch for a mother; nobody does.
    And Ziva, I totally agree and sympathize, but this is just an unusually clear and obvious example of a very old and entrenched state of affairs. The level of hypocrisy and blatant double-standard is appalling, but the fact is we’ve always been pretty much alone, despite our sad illusions to the contrary. We’re just not a “proper” minority; we don’t “know our place,” and we have the temerity to be horribly unfashionable politically. The powers that be can’t tolerate that, and they try to make us pay for it every chance they get.
    There’s little or no point expecting this to change of its own accord, or just because it would be the right thing. That won’t happen, just as it hasn’t happened in nearly 50 years. We have to do what we can by and for OURSELVES. We have to stop counting on the kindness of strangers.

  10. Miami Herald? Oscar? Where are you? Hmmm… probably too giddy that Oliphant is on their side.
    Their silence does speak volumes.

  11. Asombra, I completely agree with you, but this was just so overt, I expected some reaction, very disheartening. We really need to close ranks, and pool our resources to make our voice loud enough so that the plight of Cubans cannot be ignored.

  12. Mr. Pototo: Please have some compassion for Oscar Corral during his time of grief. He hasn’t called me in weeks and has taken time off from work to mull over his defense for soliciting teenage prostitution. It seems no one except me believes that he in fact was trying to assist that one hooker among the dozen or so who troll the Flagami area where he was arrested.
    I have been told that Corral’s wife Cecile has departed along with their two young children and is suing him for divorce. He will have to sell his Coral Gables home. Just imagine how disheartening that is! I pity poor Oscar, who has sought counseling because he is living in denial. Just think of the alimony and child care that he will now have to pay on his meager Herald salary. To make things worse, he will not be able to moonlight at Radio or TV Marti. Life as he knew it is gone forever. No longer will he have the credibility to pontificate and serve as an ethical and moral example to others. I am willing to help him find other less moralistic work outside Miami. I am thinking of starting up a collection to assist Oscar move out of town. Will you Pototo and Mr. Filomeno please lend a hand?

  13. Let’s analyze this cartoon again, shall we?
    Fallacy/Falsehood #1:
    Mr. Oliphant, an AUSTRALIAN immigrant, assumes the role of Uncle Sam, the personification of the US as a whole, as if Oliphant indeed spoke for this country and/or was in any way entitled or qualified to do so. I wonder what Mr. Oliphant thought of the Cuban regime’s recent tarring of Australians as descendants of convicts in response to some Australian government action that upset Havana.
    Fallacy/Falsehood #2:
    Cuban-Americans as a group are labeled “nuisances,” presumably because their politics do not meet with Mr. Oliphant’s approval, though he presumes to put that slur in Uncle Sam’s mouth. The irrefutable and perfectly well documented drive, achievements, success and contributions of Cuban-Americans in the US are either unknown or irrelevant to Mr. Oliphant.
    Fallacy/Falsehood #3:
    Cuban-Americans as a group are portrayed as distinctly geriatric cranks, sporting attire which has long been unknown in their community. Perhaps Mr. Oliphant believes that everyone is an old geezer because HE is one, but even the most cursory demographic analysis, let alone census figures, can easily prove him wrong (to put it charitably).
    Fallacy/Falsehood #4:
    Cuba-Americans as a group are accused of wanting to “interfere” in the 2008 presidential election. Surely Oliphant cannot mean that voting, even for those horrid Republicans, in any way represents interference, since all citizens have the right to vote any way they damn well please. It’s fairly certain, then, that Oliphant is implying that Cuban-Americans “interfered” in the 2000 election, but again, he cannot mean they did so simply by voting Republican. So what DOES he mean? Is he accusing Cuban-Americans of some illegal or criminal act? If so, he’d better have the means to prove that, because otherwise I believe we’re talking libel.
    Fallacy/Falsehood #5 :
    Mr. Oliphant’s little friend or alter ego, in the cartoon’s lower left corner, sends off the “nuisances” back where they came from with the injunction to “Say hello to Batista.” It just so happens that Batista died over 30 years ago and is not even buried in Cuba. It also happens that if Batista had not been so VERY unpopular with Cubans, Castro would have been VERY hard-pressed to get anywhere. Is Mr. Oliphant saying that Cuban-Americans are Batista lovers? It would certainly appear that way, even though that is a grotesque, not to say malicious, misrepresentation, not to say LIE.
    So, here we have some old Australian immigrant cartoonist, who evidently knows little or nothing about the real Cuban-Americans (except that they’re not properly “liberal”), and who feels empowered and entitled to portray them exactly (or close enough) as the totalitarian Stalinist regime in Havana does.
    Is Oliphant simply spectacularly ignorant? Virulently prejudiced or bigoted? Fanatically partisan? Senile? And what about his esteemed and otherwise exquisitely PC enabler, The Washington Post? Inquiring minds not only want an answer, they have every right to get one, by whatever means necessary.

  14. Bernardo to the rescue. Please put me down for $50 to assist Oscar. That’s how much he was going to pay the jinetera before being set up by the police. Come on, everybody, give till it hurts!

  15. Ziva, the fact that this is SO overt, extreme, and WAY over the line, and that nobody but us apparently gives a damn, should make us all the more determined to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Crying and moaning won’t accomplish much, however justified and understandable it may be.
    It’s the same as the situation with the Miami Herald, except that these are bigger fish dumping on us, or trying to. Neither the Herald nor WaPo gives a shit how much our feelings are hurt or how much we complain about it among ourselves, as long as we don’t do anything to make them regret mistreating us.
    Everybody is obviously not in a position to take a leadership role in this affair, but if those who are come up with a suitable plan of action, I think there will be plenty (or enough) support from the ranks to pull it off. At the very least, we should TRY. It’s almost like God is saying: Here’s the ball, now RUN WITH IT.

  16. Bernardo,
    How do I know that the money will not be spent by Oscar on another jinetera? Now if you guarantee it will be used for his exile from Miami then I will contibute.

  17. I´m not sure what we can do other than complain. The cartoon is protected as free speech. So other than denouncing it, what else could we do? It would be nice if the Cuban American politicians would say something when they get back from Europe….any ideas?

  18. Why should this wait until the politicians get back? Two excellent ideas were presented:
    1) Take out an ad in the WaPo, denouncing the cartoon
    2) Form an NAACP-type organization for anti-defamation of Cuban Americans (NAACA??)to stand up to these future slights and insults?
    Since the latter will take a lot of time and effort to organize, why not employ the former? I’m quite certain that with the readership of this site, enough people can get on board to contribute, including someone’s suggestions of getting some prominent CA’s to sign the ad.
    Is there a CA in the house to take the toro by the horns?
    I’m not CA but count me, a very pissed off Italian-American, on behalf of my Cuban American friends, IN!

  19. Let me play devil’s advocate a bit: Are we outraged more by the cartoon, which is plenty outrageous; or more by the fact that in pure hypocritical fashion, so many are silent about it?
    I ask because as outrageous as the content of the cartoon is — and I have written plenty about it at my site — I wonder if it is very productive for us to keep harping about it. Isn’t it better to use this as an opportunity to deliver a positive message about Cubans, Cuban Americans and the exile community? Otherwise, I worry, we are starting to sound like a bunch of whiners.
    Finally, I don’t think it is wise to continue to produce parodies like the KKK cartoon. I get the point, but I don’t think we have to diminish the experiences of other groups, i.e. African-Americans, in order to express our outrage.

  20. How about a BUCL campaign? Use BUCL to spread the word about our disgrace with this bigot. Part of the campaign will be, as Claudia mentioned, to take out an ad in the Washington Post.

  21. Marc, as offensive as it is, I fully support the Post´s right to publish whatever they want. What really pisses me off, (besides the cartoon) is their refusal to publish any of the numerous letters that have been written, including from such illuminaries as Carlos Eire, and Anthony de la Cova. Add to this the lack of response from other so-called civil rights organizations that would be screaming bloody murder if this were any other group, I don’t think we should just let this go. All I ask is for the Post to respond to their reading public by publishing a differing point of view. I know they received plenty of well written letters to choose from–is that too much?

  22. Ziva – No, it is not too much to ask, and it is bothersome that the Post would shut off the response like that. One of my past jobs was editing a newspaper’s editorial/op-ed pages, and I never hesitated from publishing pieces that criticized the newspaper. It’s part of the give-and-take with readers.
    I think the cartoon provides an opportunity to present a positive message, instead of just playing the victim. Those groups you reference are silent because they don’t give a damn about Cuba nor Cubans. (In that group, I would include presupposed conservative supporters of Cuban freedom. Where are the big right-wing bloggers and columnists on this?) We shouldn’t let them define us, or how we respond, nor let them distract us from the larger struggle for Cuban liberty.

  23. Marc:
    I know you get the point but so many others do not. Sadly, they are the ones who do not read blogs like this. African-Americans, Jews and other minority groups who, like the Cuban Americans, have paid their respective dues here, are protected classes. They are protected by their own anti-defamation groups- the Cuban Americans do not have one. Is this why the press and the world in general think it is ok to insult them, because there is no group with an Al Sharpton type of watch dog to go after bigoted comments and cartoons? If this is the case, then it’s time to take some action- time to get a group together to stand up for yourselves. All the little voices can’t be heard.
    If the reason is not because there is no group to look out for CA’s, but rather, everyone just thinks because most Cubans here are white and have enjoyed success that they don’t care about what is said about them, then that’s a different story. Either way, this type of blatant bigotry can’t be allowed to continue.
    Free speech aside, this is more of a bullying situation- the press continues to steal the CA’s lunch money and beat them up in the school yard and nobody is doing anything to stop them. I have no problem with a bigot or racist publishing anything he wants and revealing himself for what he truly is, that is the beauty of this country. However, something should be done to correct the situation (or educate, if you will) and unless enough people are outraged by what happened, this, as other incidents, will pass without consequences to the “hater.”

  24. If we do something strictly about the cartoon I would prefer not to do it under the BUCL banner. We have had a campaign against exploitation of Cuban workers and another on behalf of political prisoners, I don’t think as ugly as this cartoon is that it rises to the level of importance of either of these.
    I think Marc is right in a way. Maybe we use the cartoon to talk about what’s wrong with Cuba.
    One of the first publications castro closed in Cuba was a magazine called Zig-Zag that was known for printing politically oriented cartoons. In Cuba of course there is no free political speech.
    We need to brainstorm on this.

  25. Did a little checking….seems Mr. Oliphant (wonder if he’s any relation to Judge Ollie of “Rumpole” fame? 😉 ) has gotten in trouble before for playing the “race” (or ethnicity) card. I guess he’s been under fire for using Asian and Arab stereotypes in his cartoons in the past as well as Cuban (or Cuban exile community). Frankly, I’ve always found his cartoons more annoying than anything else (esp. that damn penguin he puts at the bottom of each of them). He’s no “Herblock”, that’s for sure!
    Regarding forming a Cuban-American ADL: FWIW, forming organisations like that now, unless the community is VERY well organised to begin with, is a real battle. Part of it is, at least IMO, that regardless of whether it’s as refugee or immigrant, people nowadays once they get settled here tend to get complacent. By that I mean that whether they’re struggling their butts off to get by, or doing well to beat the band, people tend to take the tack of “Well, I’m an American now, I’ve got my own lookout to take care of….I don’t have time or desire to worry about things like that….nobody really cares, and as long as it’s not affecting me directly….etc.” (pick your excuse).
    Of course, it wasn’t like that in the “old days”, when every group that came here tended to form “societies” like The Royal Order of Hibernians, The Sons of Italy, The Greig Club, etc. to take care of their own, and ward off attacks “from without”. Now though, it seems (again, from what I’ve observed) like something like that is very difficult to do-not impossible, but definitely not something easy either. Usually it happens only if the group is already well-organised, as I already mentioned, or if the group undergoes a time of severe crisis that brings them together (as was the case with GLAAD). I know this from my personal experiences in and with the Albanian-American community-it has been nearly impossible to convince more than a handful of people in that community seriously of the need or at least positive benefits that would accrue from them having such an organisation And I have observed similar with other ethnic communities as well.
    Those things being said, I definitely think that such an organisation as some of you are talking about would be nothing but good for the Cuban-American community. Speaking from personal experince, there are a lot of people in this country who still have a lot of misconceptions about Cuban people in general, in addition to Cuban-Americans.

  26. Asombra:
    Just wanted to say that you are so on the dime, and at the same time you’re hilarious! You made me crack up with your comment: “To hell with all of them. We don’t need bastards for brothers and a bitch for a mother; nobody does.” True, true!!! “bastards for a brother and a bitch for a mother!” LOL!
    Anyway, more on my take on this. Before anything, just want to say in reference to some comments about the Washington Post’s right to publish Oliphant’s cartoon, the Washington Post’s freedom to publish those disgraceful cartoons isn’t in question, and I don’t think that anybody is even hinting, or suggesting in anyway of interfering with the Washington Post’s freedom of expression.
    Our concern is to have our side known outside of our little circle of Babalusians. Unfortunately, our freedom of expression is being trounced on because the Washington Post is not even publishing one of our letters [and so many people have written letters]. That said, our goal should never be interpreted as trying to interfere with the WP’s freedom of expression, but rather as trying to get from them the respect that we deserve just like all other groups get. Remember, the Washington Post has a right to its ideas, NOT TO ITS FACTS. And that is not a very factual cartoon.
    Which brings me to another thought. Henry, while the BUCL campaigns do right to focus on Cuba, there is a battle going on here in the USA that the Cuban American community [so focused on Cuba] has not thought of very much.
    Let me explain: Castro has always used a two-prong attack against us. He has controlled and demoralized the Cuban people inside Cuba with the use of hunger, sheer repression, executions, and imprisonment and at the same time he has waged a campaign against us inside the USA in order to NEUTRALIZE us and make us less effective against him. He has done with a well-executed SLANDER CAMPAIGN that would make Goebbels proud. This Oliphant cartoon is only possible because Castro has through the years slandered and villainized us on every front–through articles press releases from Cuba copied word-for-word in American newspapers, through international conferences, book fairs, film festivals, visiting professors, embassies and his moles and sympathizer’s in important American institutions, newspapers and Hollywood.
    The idea is to make us appear like a bunch of ungrateful foreigners and extremists who are “hijacking American foreign policy” [and even the presidency] to the detriment of the American people. After all, we are the “Miami Mafia”. And what does a mafia do? i.e. hurt, kill, cause harm. All of those pejorative comments that I repeat, I have seen published in one way or another in a host of different newspapers.
    As long as we are seen as such a group of undesirables, our ability to fight the abuses of the Castro regime will be seriously hampered. We need a strong public relations campaign and responding to this Oliphant cartoon is a good start. It will be a blow against Castro’s propaganda machine.

  27. Honestly, I think starting a Cuban-American organization similar to NAACP would do more harm than good. Why? Cuban-Americans are already unjustly tagged with the “unwilling to assimilate” label. Forming such an organization would only serve to justify those false claims, and therefore hurt our ability to get the word out about the Cuban experience. After all, isn’t this what we think is the reason for the lack of condemnation from otherwise decent and righteous Americans, that we’re misunderstood?
    We already have quite a bit of influence and lobbying power in Congress and in other places (disproportionate for our size). Let’s use the instruments already in place in to promote ourselves. Obviously, the focus in campaigns such as BUCL and in blogs such as these has been on Cuba, but I think it’s time that we do a little self-promoting of the unique species known as Cuban-Americans. Some people may see this as chest-thumping and self-serving, which it is to some extent, but if it also means that more people out there get to learn about us, our accomplishments and what we stand for, then next time an Oliphant decides to smear us, more people would say, “wait a minute, that’s not right”. We don’t need to form an organization to do this. A campaign in BUCL-style would go a long way towards accomplishing this task.
    Just my 2 cents.

  28. So our dilemma is two-fold: if we ignore it, the basic idea of the cartoon is reinforced in the mind of the readers; if we fight it, we are viewed as malcontents, as “victims.” So what do we do? I’m in favor of exposing the bigotry by whatever means we have and the consequences be damned. I, for one, am tired of being a pin-cushion for the duplicitous hypocrites that make similar claims in other media.

  29. What a great comparison. Except for the fact that the your modified cartoon is targeting a group based on race so it’s “racist”, while the original cartoon is aimed at a group based on nationality so it is by definition NOT racist.
    In fact the entire argument is bullshit because Pat Oliphant is white and so are the Cubans pictured in the cartoon. So according to your logic Pat WHO IS WHITE is a racist because he supposedly hates another group of people who are ALSO WHITE yea that makes sense. While I didn’t expect Gomez to understand the difference in between race and nationality. He is pretty stupid.

  30. hitleryclinton,
    Bigotry extends beyond race. Just because it doesn’t fit your neat definition of “racism” doesn’t mean it’s justified.
    Of course, I’ll be willing to bet the chances of you understanding this are pretty close to zero. Hopefully you can prove me wrong.

  31. Dear Hitlery,
    First, let’s replace “racist” with BIGOT. Better?
    Now, the purpose of the spoof cartoon was to show how, if that cartoon were published, how shocked most of America would be- not just the African American community. Oliphant or anyone else would have been fired, but even more so, the Wa Po would never have published such a misinformed cartoon. It is as hateful and BIGOTED as portraying Cubans as elderly, mafia-looking, Batista-loving, whining, malcontents who interfered with the 2000 election. Yet the blacks (and most other ETHNIC groups) in this country are guaranteed that there is no way in hell that a cartoon as spoofed here would have made it into any major newspaper, if even to make a point against Senator KKK Byrd. Yet it continues to be accepted to screw with the Cuban American community?
    So, in substituting the word BIGOT for RACIST, does that help you to wrap your mind around the idea now, Hitlery? Hope so!

  32. Robert –
    “Just because it doesn’t fit your neat definition of “racism” doesn’t mean it’s justified.”
    It’s not MY definition it’s THE definition. If you don’t know what a word means then have the common sense to refrain from using it.
    Claudia –
    “let’s replace “racist” with BIGOT. Better?”
    Perhaps you should look up the definition of the word bigot also.
    big·ot /?b?g?t/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[big-uht] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    1.) a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
    [Origin: 1590–1600; Robert –
    “Just because it doesn’t fit your neat definition of “racism” doesn’t mean it’s justified.”
    It’s not MY definition it’s THE definition. If you don’t know what a word means then have the common sense to refrain from using it.
    Claudia –
    “let’s replace “racist” with BIGOT. Better?”
    Perhaps you should look up the definition of the word bigot also.
    big·ot /?b?g?t/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[big-uht] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    1.) a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
    [Origin: 1590–1600; < MF (OF: derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans), perh. < OE b? God by God] __________________________________________________ The cartoonist isn't intolerant of ANY creed, belief, or opinion. Only those of Cuban Hardliners. The only bigots here are those running this blog. They proudly profess on a regular basis how intolerant they are of any other view point, creed, or belief. Once again if you don't understand the meaning of a word don't use it. It's also laughable how writers from one of the most politically incorrect blogs on the net can cry like little bitches about a cartoonist being insensitive. All I hear is blah, blah, blah my pussy hurts. You're one of the most politically protected classes in this country and yet you still find a way to make yourselves out to be the victims. I'm sure your making Socialist hollywood elites and womans studies professors everywhere proud. If you want to improve your reputation as a group, then change your behavior.

  33. How stupid is that Hitlery that she/he/it didn’t get, in his/her/its own posted definition of BIGOT that Oliphant IS intolerant of another opinion- the CUBAN AMERICAN opinion, by virtue of his stupid, BIGOTED cartoon!
    Thanks for removing the cancer from this thread.

  34. Hey hitlery, you are a major league jackass. If you want to improve your reputation around here, then change your behavior.

  35. An observation as to why there is no immediate support from the Hispanic/Latino groups is that, for many of these groups, Cuban-Americans are an oddity. We’re not mestizo enough to be truly part of “la raza.” Through various encounters I found that they peg us with the image that yes we’re Spanish speaking but not disadvantaged enough.
    Why aren’t there social action groups screaming in our defense?
    The bulk of social action groups are liberal. If there’s any new perspective that I’ve gained being in the liberal heart (and Obama’s hometown) of Chicago, is that liberals in general see Cuban-American’s as rich Spanish speaking white people who were kicked out of Cuba by poor Spanish speaking black people. And since rich and white are the enemy in the liberal mindset (clinton’s and kennedy’s excluded), then it’s okay to be biased and hateful to Cuban-Americans.

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