There are, to date, several million Cubans living all around the world. Not a huge number, sure, but we’ve seemed to make quite an impact on people’s collective imagination, often in the form of stereotypes. Let’s discuss some now and set a few things straight:
1. We’re constantly smoking cigars.
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I mean, are Cuban cigars the finest in the world? Yes. Would we, hypothetically, look more powerful and sexier smoking a cigar than anyone else? Of course. But that doesn’t mean we’re constantly puffing away!
2. We all came to the U.S. on a boat/raft.
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Balseros exist, of course, and a desperate situation means desperate attempts to leave the island, but the VAST MAJORITY of us left on airplanes. Sorry.
3. We constantly wear guayaberas.
Not always. But when we do, we tend to look fly as hell.
4. We all live in Miami.
We’re everywhere, man. Tampa, Los Angeles and Elizabeth, New Jersey, in particular, happen to have thriving Cuban communities.
5. We’re all the same race.
We’re black, we’re white, we’re Taíno, we’re of Chinese descent, and we’re a perfect melding of all the above.
6. We’re all conservative/Republican.
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Untrue! While there are indeed many right-leaning Cubans, younger generations in particular have been shifting towards the Democratic Party.
7. …And somehow also all Communists.
8. We’re all damn good at baseball.
When will the hurtful lies and misconceptions end? We’re good at everything, people.
9. We’re always yelling.
Can’t we just stop with the stereotypes and, I don’t know. Eat pastelitos?