A new report finds that roughly 11 1/3 out of every 21 Cubans identify as White. The result comes from a Pew Research report released Friday that compared White identifying voters with their Country of origin. It found that 54% of Cubans living in Miami-Dade think they are White. Researchers believe this explains why Cuban voters were about twice as likely as non-Cuban Latinos to vote for Donald Trump

The Plantain hit the streets to ask local Cuban-Americans who are definitely either Hispanic or Latino but for sure non-White whether or not they think they are White. The results were mildly shocking.

We spoke with 72-year-old Fulgencio Suarez, a Cuban refugee that escaped in the early sixties who says he cast his ballot for Donald Trump. “I see in Donald Trump a white man just like myself,” said Mr. Suarez as he wildly gesticulated with an unlit Cigar in his hand, pausing only to harass a woman walking by who was 50-years his junior. “Oy! Si cocinas como caminas, me como hasta la raspita.”

When confronted with the fact that he is, in fact, a Latino immigrant, Mr. Suarez agreed: “Yes, I am a Latino immigrant, of course, I am from Cuba.”

“But you identify as White?”

“Yes. Of Course! We assimilated into this country as melting pot,” he said, causing this reporter—himself an assimilated Cuban-American to wonder whether assimilation means becoming white and, if it does, whether cultural assimilation is a mere euphemism for the annihilation of cultural traditions by a domineering and repressive majority.

We wondered, so we asked Ricardo Trujillo a White identifying Cuban immigrant who came to the United States on the Mariel Boatlift when he was 19 and now owns several Hialeah luggage stores whether he was proud of his Cuban heritage.

“I am very proud to be a Cuban-American,” said Mr. Trujillo. “I am the American dream. When I came to this country I had nothing, now I have my own business. Just like El Donald. If you work hard in this country you can accomplish anything.”

When asked whether identifying as white helped him achieve success, Mr. Truijillo was adamant that his being white had absolutely nothing to do with his success — an admittedly very white thing to say. We reminded him that his whiteness could not have been an actual contributing factor to his success because he is empirically “not White”, but he seemed confused by the logic and then offered to sell us a rollerbag for $7.99, which we agreed to purchase because that is an undeniably good deal.

Still puzzled, we reached out Arturo Jimenez, a Cuban-American professor and poet at the University of Miami who also identifies as White.

“All of these labels: White, Black, Oriental. We are all of one race: The human race. We should not continue to divide ourselves by race.”

“Then why do you identify as White?” we asked. “Would you say that your experience is one of a White man?”

Professor Jimenez sat in silence for a moment and chuckled: “Well yes, while I am in Miami I experience all of the privileges and none of the bigotry that comes from my heritage. So, in Miami, I guess I am White.”

When asked what ethnicity he would identify as outside of Miami, he said “obviously Hispanic, non-white Latino”, adding that outside of Miami all Hispanics and Latinos are assumed to be Mexicans, which he said “is great if you’re from Puerto Rico but a racist insult if you’re a Cuban.”

“But if that’s the case,” we asked, “why would so many Cubans support Donald Trump when his policies are decidedly anti-Mexican?” to which the Professor said “because Cubans aren’t Mexicans and we don’t support Communist Democrats like Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders,” adding that “the choice is easy.”  

By Peter Mir of Villain Theater

3 comments

  • José Trujillo Vázquez
    José Trujillo Vázquez
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    I would like to make two points about the article from my point of view being a Cuban-American residing in South Florida.

    1. Cubans overwhelmingly vote Republican because they associate the Democrats and the left with Fidel Castro’s socialist regime. The fact that some far-left politicians openly advocate for socialism doesn’t help. For Cubans, Castro and his socialist ideology is what ruined their country and caused thousands of them to flee and settle in the US. The Democratic Party reminds them just too much of Castro. That is why from the beginning Cubans overwhelmingly voted Republican over any other Hispanic group because of that negative association they have with the Left. Though as those Cubans who remember life in Cuba and immigrated from the island get older, their 1st-generation American children and 2nd-generation grandchildren are beginning to skew towards the Democratic Party. I don’t think race has anything do with it, just the incorrect, or possibly justifiable association of Castro’s socialist regime and the Democratic Party.

    2. In Cuba, my family was considered white. Once they immigrated here, then they were labeled as Hispanics/Latinos by the government. In all Latin American countries almost every citizen would be classified as Hispanic, so they don’t really use “Hispanic/Latino,” instead using “White, Black, and Mestizo” to divide their citizens by race, despite almost every Hispanic being of mixed heritage to varying degrees. Hispanics immigrants just still cling on to these terms because it what their used to.

  • Jose
    Jose
    Reply

    so who are you to tell them that they are not white..of course they are! just like the Spanish in Europe.

  • Dave
    Dave
    Reply

    Umm you do know than many Cubans especially the upper class are of purely Spanish descent and some are even of French descent.Its no coincidence that they look White because they are in fact from Europe. Hispanic or Latino is an ethno-cultural term not a racial one.

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