9 Stereotypes About Cubans We Need To Address

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.

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Not always. But when we do, we tend to look fly as hell.

4. We all live in Miami.

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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.

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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.

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Nah.

8. We’re all damn good at baseball.

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When will the hurtful lies and misconceptions end? We’re good at everything, people.

9. We’re always yelling.

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Ok, well…

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Can’t we just stop with the stereotypes and, I don’t know. Eat pastelitos?

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