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  •  This gives me hope (10+ / 0-)

    We have Cuban Americans of different ages who volunteer at the nearby OFA office in the northwestern part of the county. Your diary reaffirms the changes that are taking place in my area, and the rest of the state.

    I've lived in this state for than 20 years. Each major election Democratic and GOP candidates head to Versailles Restaurant in Little Havana, say they're against Castro and they'll keep the embargo. The community eats that up.

    Then they leave to campaign elsewhere. The Cuban community overwhelmingly votes for the repubs; in most cases the GOP candidate wins. But nothing changes regarding Castro. Nothing. At some point, you'd think people would look at that and do something different. I shook my head many days. Very frustrating!

    There were some changes in 2008. I'm happy about that. We need many more, though. It really helps that Cuban Americans are taking another look at the Democratic Party. It's not perfect, and lawd knows I've had my issue. But the GOP does not care about regular people, not on a level that improves our quality of life.

    Thank you for sharing mami's story. I'm shedding happy tears.

    •  It is called Cognitive Dissonance (5+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, YucatanMan, VBeach Dem, PinHole, Mrs M

      Castro-hating Cuban refugees have invested so much in their escapes from Cuba and their desire to see the Castro regime fall that they cannot deal with political reality. Part of it is guilt for not staying to fight against Castro. Their children, not so much, and their grandchildren, hardly at all. This is not armchair speculation, but the result of surveys that show hatred of Castro and insistence on the embargo falling off linearly with age.

      Same as Evangelistic Christians who have invested so much in Creationism (so that they can deny being descended from Black Africans), opposing abortion and birth control, hating gays, and in the old days especially, hating Blacks that nothing else matters.

      The source book on Cognitive Dissonance is When Prophecy Fails, by Leon Festinger, Henry W. Riecken and Stanley Schachter.

      Florida politics is changing slowly now that younger Cuban-Americans are taking over leadership roles as the oldest refugees die in the natural course of events, and also as Puerto Ricans and mainland Latin Americans have become the majority among Florida Latinos. Every time the hatred ratchets down a few points, we get to put in more humanitarian exceptions to the embargo, or (still much too rarely) invite a Cuban baseball team over for an exhibition game, or invite a Cuban band to tour the US, like the Buena Vista Social Club. I cannot predict when the true tipping point will come, only that it will someday, and that your mama is the truest sign that that is so.

      I do my part by working on education around the world, with a concentration in Latin America. Uruguay and Perú have given every schoolchild a One Laptop Per Child/Una Laptop Por Niño XO. We have projects in Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, and other countries there, and also in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the Pacific. I get to make presents every day for millions of these children, in English and Spanish, in Mayan and Aztec, and in a hundred other languages, and to invite teachers and students to do the same.

      Por ejemplo,

      Como Hacer Una Actividad Sugar

      America—We built that!

      by Mokurai on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:46:59 PM PDT

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