Do Mexicans Really Dislike Cubans?
Dear Mexican: The pinche Republicans are making a gigante ruido about their "Hispanic" senators in Congress. Wachale! Let's call a pendejo a pendejo. Please discuss with tu audienca what Mexicans really think about Cubans in these Estados Unidos. El Güero Tejano (no Cubano)
As a recent transplant from Miami to Albuquerque, I was wondering what is the Mexican's take on the privileged status of our preferred border-crossers, the Cubans. If a Cuban manages to get his little toe on dry land in the U.S., he is immediately given a new Toyota, an American Express card and the keys to the city of Hialeah. Aturdido Floridian
Are Cubans Mexicans with connections? Quiero Ron
Dear Readers: Next to Puerto Ricans and negritos, no other ethnic group gets pegged as the eternal enemy of Mexicans as Cubans. If you believe coños like Rush Limbaugh, Mexicans despise Cubans because it's "a race thing. [Cubans are] just not quite dark — as dark [as Mexicans], and they're oriented toward work." (Rush obviously never met a beauty from Los Altos de Jalisco, or a paisa from Sinaloa.) But Mexicans for the most part actually like Cubans, and definitely more so than Puerto Ricans. We enjoy Cuban rum and cigars, they believe in curanderos like us, their Spanish is as garbled as ours, we both love guayaberas and Cuban music legends Beny Moré and Perez Prado spent so much time in Mexico that their tunes are part of the Mexican songbook.
What does drive Mexicans crazy about Cubans, however, is how gabachos treat them: as gods. One niggling fact: Cuban music inspires excessive mainstream media coverage in relation to its actual popularity in the United States, especially when compared with the ubiquity of Mexican regional music en el Norte. Another one: gabachos' insistance that mariachis play "Guantanamera." Even more infuriating is the immigration narrative gabachos have constructed. While Americans opened the gates to Cuban refugees as a Cold War ploy and continue to let said refugees come illegally into the U.S. as long as they land via sea, gabachos have never extended the same courtesy to Mexicans or our Central American brothers during our civil wars. You can't hate the Cubans for their special status, but you can hate gabachos for this preposterous double standard.
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