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


  • José Trujillo Vázquez
    José Trujillo Vázquez

    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

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

  • Dave

    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.

  • Shane

    NEWSFLASH!!!!..NEWSFLASH!!!!..Spaniards are NOT considered white outside of Spain. That’s just a FACT!!! I can cite over 1000 examples of Spaniards being totally “shocked” when they come to this country, Australia, Norway, Denmark, England, etc and are NOT considered White. Spain was invaded by the Moors for over 800 years and MANY MANY Spaniards look VERY Arabic among other things. I remember about 20 years ago a member of the Ku Klux Klan referred to Julio Iglesias as an “N Word” I can also think of about 100 times when people thought that Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas were either Mexican or South American, that’s because just like thousands of Spaniards, they TOTALLY LOOK Mexican or South American. I remember many many of my Golf enthusiast friends thinking that the late great Golfer Severiano Ballesteros was either Colombian or Ecuadorian and that’s because HE LOOKED Colombian or Ecuadorian. I personally have a Spaniard friend who is a Journalist who recently moved to California and was totally beside himself when everybody thought he was Mexican. Well, the fact of the matter is he LOOKS MEXICAN,just like thousands of Spaniards do. I know Spaniards from Galicia, which is supposed to be the “whitest” section Spain who look like they come from Baghdad. Spaniards are a MIXED PEOPLES, many look like blond Vikings and MANY DO NOT!!!! Using the “I’m White because I’m from Spain” card doesn’t work in Anglo Saxon or Nordic countries. As far as the Cubans are concerned, all it takes for a Cuban to consider “himself/herself” White is straight hair and somewhat light skin. Meanwhile there a HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of Cubans who according to them and ONLY them “look white” but in reality are TREMENDOUSLY MIXED with BOTH Negro and Indian blood. I’ve seen Cuban brothers of the same parents looking Italian and Mulatto respectively. That scenario is TREMENDOUSLY PREVALENT throughout Cuban History. Desi Arnaz was considered white in Cuba but when he came to this country he was viewed as a Mexican or Puerto Rican. And many many REAL WHITE Americans were appalled to see this tremendously ethnic, Mexican-looking, swarthy Hispanic be married to the VERY RED-HEADED, VERY LEGITIMATELY WHITE Lucille Ball. So let’s not be so racially arrogant and let’s be a little more humble and most of all HONEST about who we are and where we come from.

  • Jose

    This author confuses race with ethnicity. There are German descendants in Argentina who are pure German white yet are Hispanic/latino because they are Argentinian. There are black people in Dominican yet they are still Hispanic/latino. There are pure Asian people in Peru from japan who are also Hispanic because they were born in Peru…. so when a white Cuban tells you they are white believe them because they are probably only first or second generation Cuban of Spanish descent. Last time I check Spain was in Europe.

  • Sarah

    Cubans are extremely racist against other latinos. They think they are more superior because they claim they are pure Spanish decent, which most are not. They call Central Americans “Indians” as a put down and deny any of their other heritages which are African and Amerindian like most other countries. They’re even very racist with their fellow black cubans. If that’s not racism I don’t know what is!

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