Cleaning the sewers of Miami talk radio

Briefly carless and living at home, I relied on my mom to drive me to a bookstore job many years ago. This period marked my first concentrated adult exposure to Cuban talk radio. She was particularly taken with Agustin Acosta. An autodidact who began as a FM deejay on dance stations for most of theContinue reading “Cleaning the sewers of Miami talk radio”

‘A lot of voters changed their minds between 2016 and 2020’

Erik Levitz spoke to pollster David Shor again this week for a post-mortem on the 2020 election. Now that we can see the results precinct by precinct the conclusions are as sobering as a blow to the chest. The GOP chipped away at the traditionally Democratic African American bloc and broke huge chunks from Hispanics:Continue reading “‘A lot of voters changed their minds between 2016 and 2020’”

‘In the Hispanic world, black isn’t always black’

The Democratic Party’s failure to understand what distinguishes even moderate Cubans from other immigrants will, I hope, trigger an appraisal of their vote drive appeals. I’ve written often about my people’s unsubtle attitude toward their color, i.e. they ain’t Black and, besides, Uncle Sam said we weren’t. Pollsters like Carlos Odio have explained these phenomenaContinue reading “‘In the Hispanic world, black isn’t always black’”

‘People used to say Communism can’t happen in Cuba…’

(Photo by MARCO BELLO/AFP via Getty Images) For friends living outside Florida (the state with the prettiest name!), USA Today‘s Romina Ruiz-Goiriena interviews several Miami-Dade Trump voters to get an idea of the marbles, bats, and gumballs rattling around their heads. The quotes may shock my readers, but as a local I shrug.

Donald Trump and Hispanic machismo

A decade ago, three weeks from an election that, apart from packing Barack Obama’s first term priorities in ice, would show Democrats the peril of ignoring local and state races, a relative and I got into about, what else, the president’s socialist tendencies. Obama wasn’t socialist, he assured me; he was a, right, fellow-traveler. WhyContinue reading “Donald Trump and Hispanic machismo”

‘I was born in Cuba under Castro, so I know what a dictator looks like’: Joe Biden’s Hispanic support

Two weeks ago, Florida Democrats, so accustomed to defensive crouches that we feel no muscle strain, panicked when a reputable poll with fewer than two hundred participants showed Joe Biden had work to do with Hispanics: although Biden is predicted to win them, Donald Trump has cut into his margin, thanks to reluctant Cuban AmericansContinue reading “‘I was born in Cuba under Castro, so I know what a dictator looks like’: Joe Biden’s Hispanic support”

Being Black in Miami

Long form journalism is still possible, a conclusion proven by The Miami Herald‘s excellent story on my county’s broken promises to its Black residents. With important context from scholars Marvin Dunn, N.D.B. Connolly, and Ned Murray and Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem, Andres Viglucci and his co-byliners stress how “urban development” (code for highway construction),Continue reading “Being Black in Miami”

Cuban epic ‘Lucía’ gets a re-introduction

Florid, lyrical, and rigorous in their commitment to revolutionary praxis, the films of Humberto Solás deserve a place in any analysis of Latin American cinema, notably in their depiction of women and mulattoes in a culture that condescended to them despite the liberation rhetoric. Poor American distribution hasn’t helped, nor has the way those filmsContinue reading “Cuban epic ‘Lucía’ gets a re-introduction”

Cuban-Americans and racism

If my readers still have an interest in shocking conservative relatives, tell them that women can be misogynist, homosexuals can be homophobic, and Blacks can be racist. Utter the last sentence in front of a Cuban-American, pair it with the sour reminder that Cubans are people of color, and serve in a highball glass, aContinue reading “Cuban-Americans and racism”

On educational systems — Bernie Sanders and Fidel Castro’s

In the last few days I’ve watched South Florida Democrats, politicians and plebes, howl with despair over Senator Bernie Sanders’ defenses of the Cuban educational system on 60 Minutes. Here are the disavowals by my House representative and the rep in my neighboring district: