Submit or die!

Was looking through the Herald’s search engine to see if there was any reaction to or further commentary from the Herald’s new Ombudsman, Edward Schumacher Matos, and I found this letter:

Immigrate legally

Re Edward Schumacher-Matos’s Sept. 16 column, An outside view of immigration coverage: Learning English and obtaining citizenship doesn’t make you an American; you must assimilate. Cubans have transplanted Havana here, even changing some street names.

As great as the Gómez boys are, they should be returned to their country of origin and apply for immigration the legal way.

PAUL T. CAPLE, Pompano Beach

Listen Mr. Caple, I don’t see what the issue of illegal immigration has to do with Cubans and assimilation.

Besides what do you know about assimilation? I thought this was a free country. Why MUST we assimilate? And who is the judge of whether we are or are not assimilating? What penalties would you place upon those who don’t assimilate or who do don’t do it fast enough for your liking. It’s a Cuban thing don’t you know, this practice of wanting to try to keep some of your culture and cuisine, etc. in a new land. I suppose you have never been to Little Italy in New York or the various Chinatowns around the country. Perhaps Mr. Caple when you are elected mayor of Miami you can change the street names back to numbers since it offends you so much. Until, kindly shut your bigoted pie hole.

6 thoughts on “Submit or die!”

  1. What people like the comment writer don’t (or fail to) realize is that assimilation is a complex thing. It’s not that easy to just give up your traditional heritage and culture and become a non-hyphenated American.

    As I’m sure everyone who reads this blog understands, there’s plenty of room in our vast minds and hearts to assimilate and show love and respect for the United States of America and its customs, and at the same time have a deep love for your predecessors heritage, culture, language and customs. It’s not an all-or-nothing deal. In other words, you can throw as many nationalities to the left of the hyphen as you want, and still be an AMERICAN. That’s what too many people don’t realize and is always a source of frustration for me.

    It would be one thing if it was only the Paul Caples of the world that felt this way. Unfortunately, too many people in a position of power and influence do too.

  2. I have been in neighborhoods in Brooklyn were I heard mostly Yiddish spoken and Hebrew culture was abundant. The same goes for parts of Miami Beach. Jews have proudly kept their traditions in this country for centuries. I don’t hear anyone telling them now, like they tell Hispanics, that they have to assimilate.

  3. I just google’ed this guy and apparently he is Colombian/Panamanian??? His education has taken him all over the world. I would have expected something like that to come from someone a little less ‘ethnic.’ I guess he has no pride himself in his own heritage…
    Thoughts anyone???

  4. Speaking of Submit or die!, here is something that I just posted on my website for a strange character who daily monitors this blog and is afraid to post under his real name:

    Paul Benavides and Mambi Watch Unmasked

    Response to “Paul Benavides”:

    Thank you for your contentious viewpoint. My massive website was created mostly by my student assistants. You seem to have developed a rather pathetic fixation with me ever since I previously posted on your blog that your constant monitoring of Cuban exile radio, TV, and print media is similar to the work done by Cuban intelligence agents for decades. I e-mailed you my phone number so that we could chat and I would attempt to understand your motivations for blogging anonymously, the causes of your obsession, and ascertain if you were linked to Cuban espionage in Miami. The person who answered my e-mail wrote:

    “My name is Paul Benavides. I was born in Peru in 1979 and my family came to Miami in 1982 when I was still 2 years old. Those first years were very difficult for my family, but would have been worse if not for the help and care of many Cuban families that provided work for my mother and father. My mother cleaned their houses, my father cut their grass. I grew up among their children, despite the obvious differences where I had few toys or a small house.”

    “I’m a graduate from Coral Gables Elementary, Coral Gables Senior High and Florida International University. No different than many others from where I live. But, very different from my family (grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins) that we left in Peru, and did not have those opportunities and still don’t.”

    I detected an inferiority complex and underlying resentment toward successful Cuban Americans in that message. It could be the source of deeper psychological problems. I later received a telephone call from someone identifying themselves as “Paul Benavides,” who claimed to be the sole author of the Mambi Watch blog, and stated that he was calling from his parent’s home. A Google search of the phone number indicated that it was registered to the apartment of Paula Cari at 2496 S.W. 17 Ave., Miami. Benavides added that he received an undergraduate degree in journalism from FIU in 2004 and was now pursuing a second undergraduate degree in psychology. This is a sign of a confused underachiever, lacking vision, and easily distracted by frivolous pursuits. I suggested to “Paul Benavides,” that he should blog under his own name, if he is who he alleges to be. Mr. “Benavides” claimed that he preferred to continue blogging anonymously, because he feared retaliation against his future career plans from his political adversaries. I assured him that his leftist perspective and anti-Cuban American sentiments would be no problem for him in academia. Now that Paul Benavides and Mambi Watch have been unmasked on the Internet,
    I suggest that if you are the real “Paul Benavides,” stop lurking in the shadows, demonstrate maturity, and assume responsibility for your writings. Otherwise your suspicious behavior might raise the interest of Homeland Security.

  5. Professor: Thanks for unmasking Paul Benavides. Those Coral Gables schools that he attended, with a lot of rich kids, is what apparently made him hate wealthy Cuban Americans. Just like Fidel Castro developed hatred toward his wealthy fellow students. I took a look at that apartment building, and it’s a flop house. This Benavides is probably working for Cuban intelligence, as you suspect. Let’s keep a close watch on him.

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