Addressing Bigotry in The Latin American Community

Addressing bigotry and hate within the Latin American community is of the utmost importance. Particularly, if we plan on having a meaningful impact on upcoming elections where the Latino vote carries a lot more weight. Recently, some of our people came for me about an article I wrote titled “Cubans Targeted in Mexico” and I’m calling it out.

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I’m Cuban, Get Over It

“We’re actually delighted that this is happening. Unfettered open borders only help the ossified human rights violating regime because it gives it an escape valve.” — Comment on my article from Latino Rebels’ Facebook Page

Cubans also get lumped together under the presumption that we all voted for Trump. Not true at all. Not only did I know better, but I did my part to talk to others in my community (Cubans), to look past their blind loyalty to Republicans — which goes back to the 1960s — and start focusing on policy and rhetoric. When their focus shifted, they quickly began to realize just how much Trump hates us all. “We’re all “Mexicans” to him and people like him (racists),” they would say, “He’s talking about all of us,” they continued. All it took was talking to them for them to see it.

“I doubt you know any Mexicans, we don’t associate with scum.” — Comment on my article from Latino Rebels’ Facebook Page

The point of this is to show that bigotry, racism, and homophobia runs rampant in all of our communities equally. So when other Latinos lashed out at me for publishing the article about Cuban migrants being targeted in Mexico, I wasn’t necessarily surprised, but I was certainly disappointed. This type of bigotry exists across all of Latin America. You may not like it, and you may not want to address it, but it’s true in all of its ugliness.

“Welcome to being treated just like the rest of the Latino community, Cuba. No more special treatment.” — Comment on my article from Latino Rebels’ Facebook Page

Those articles alone give you a very good idea of what my body of work has consisted of over the last 30+ years of my life. Same with all of my articles here on Medium. Hell, do a Google search and you’ll find me all over the place. Buzzfeed, American News X, The Manifest Station, Reader Supported News, etc., etc.. I’m not new to this game.

“Fidel come for your annoying people.” — Comment on my article from Latino Rebels’ Facebook Page

Racism in our communities must be called out. Homophobia in our communities must be called out. Bigotry in our communities must be called out. Xenophobia in our communities must be called out. Anti-Semitism in our communities must be called out.

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Anti-racist activist, essayist, and upcoming author; advocating for equality, justice, and accountability. Support my work at patreon.com/ExtremeArturo

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