Forget what Chris Matthews said last week about Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
Here’s another weird reaction to Cuban-American presidential candidates.
While liberals are wringing their hands, straining to find some way of classifying Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz as non -Hispanic, yet non -white, some conservatives are apparently doing some hand-wringing of their own, straining to figure out if these Cuban-Americans could possibly be white enough.
Aaaah. Yes. That question: Can anyone with a Spanish surname really be white, even if they look like white Europeans?
Aaaah. Yes. That constant comment: But, but….you don’t look Cuban!
Or, as the German publisher of Waiting for Snow in Havana said to me: “We can’t use your photo on the book jacket because you don’t look Cuban enough.”
Aaaah. Yes. Whiteness of a different color. As the French love to say: “Africa begins at the Pyrenees” — a sentiment often voiced with empirical conviction.
Marie-Henri Beyle, who wrote under the pen name Stendhal, summed it all up: ‘Blood, manners, language, way of living and fighting, everything in Spain is African. If the Spaniard were a Muslim he would be a complete African’.
Add real sub-Saharan Africans and Taino natives to the mix, as occurred in the Caribbean, and what you’ve got is nothing but a real threat to whiteness, and to the American way of classifying anyone with a Spanish surname.
So, get ready for more confusion if Ted and Marco stay in the race. After all, they are “highly white” in ancestry [not completely white] , “relatively high-achievers by Latin American standards” [fairly impressive for any such mongrels], and children of those “affluent anti-Communist Cubans who took over Miami “[pushy and uppity].
With Mariel Boatlift II Looming, How White Are the Remaining Cubans Genetically?
One of those events you can see looming on the historic horizon is a Second Mariel Boatlift of Cubans trying to get to Miami before the U.S. wises up and rescinds the wet foot dry foot law that gives all 11 million remaining Cubans near-automatic right of asylum if they can set one foot on American dry land.
Down through history, Cuban have usually been relatively high-achievers by Latin American standards. For example, 90 years ago the world chess champion was a Cuban, Capablanca.
Cuba has some real geographic advantages over the rest of the Caribbean that attracted middle class immigrants rather than just agricultural laborers (as who mostly came to Puerto Rico). Most Caribbean islands have their main port on the south side of the island to give ships shelter from strong winter storms from the north, but Havana is a good enough natural harbor that it can be on the north side of the island and thus be cooler due to northerly breezes. So Cuba was long the favorite destination of Europeans moving to tropical New World.
The affluent anti-Communist Cubans who took over Miami a half-century ago are of course highly white in ancestry.
That raises the question, however: how white are the Cubans who are left in Cuba? Clearly, a lot of the whitest Cubans have been skimmed off to Florida over the decades. So, what about the remainder?
Continue marveling at this article HERE.