When Elian Gonzalez was rescued years back I knew this was what Miami Cubans were waiting for. And to start off right, I don’t mean all Miami Cubans because my mami lives there and she is not one of the Miami Cubans I am talking about. I mean Miami Cubans that spend their days talking about Fidel and what they are going to do to bring democracy to Cuba. From the get-go I knew that Elian needed to be with his father in Cuba. That was the right thing to do and it would be done if Elian was from another country. Pero, no, the Miami Cubans didn’t think this and Elian Gonzalez was paraded all through the news with lots of candy and trips to Disney. Elian was the revenge they were waiting for. Elian was the way they can say, “Vayate a la mierda, Fidel, esta vez nosotros vamos a ganar.” Although I am glad that the US decided to give him back to his father in Cuba I am not happy with the way they took away Elian.
Several years have passed, there are more Cubans living in Miami that don’t have such strong anti-Cuban government views. People want to help their families survive in Cuba, they want to be able to travel freely and not once every three years to see an immediate family member. The climate in Miami is changing. Alhumdulilah. So why is it that there’s going to be a protest at Barack Obama’s visit to Miami on Saturday, June 21, 2008? Why?
Because “At issue are foreign-policy advisor Greg Craig, who represented Elián’s father in the custody battle with the Miami relatives, and legal advisor Eric Holder, a member of Obama’s vice-presidential search committee who was deputy attorney general when the 6-year-old boy was seized by federal agents and returned to Cuba.”-Beth Reinhard of the Miami Herald
The article’s headline says “Some Cuban Americans” which is a blessing but still will these people just let things rest? Every time I go to Miami I am amazed with the amount of Cuban American poverty that is never mentioned when talking about Cuban Americans in Miami. I am so upset about this protest because they aren’t even protesting anything that Barack Obama believes in. They are protesting that he works with two people that were involved in the Elian case. Do they run their whole lives like this? How selfish can they be? Barack Obama will bring so much change to this country. So much change that will affect all of us including Cubans and Cuban Americans living in the US.
Every time I see a video in support of Barack Obama I cry. I cry because I believe in him. I cry because he has brought back hope to my life. I cry because for the first time in my adult life I am REALLY proud to be American. Thank you Michelle Obama. I cry because he is gifted, he is blessed, he has a light shining on him and surrounding him and coming through him. He is not perfect. I don’t agree with everything he believes in pero he can resurrect this country and bring about change in this world.
When Barack Obama won the nomination to run for President my mami called me to congratulate me. Not that I worked on the campaign. All I did was pray but she called because she knew that I believed in Barack Obama therefore she believed in him as well. My papi called as well he left a message saying that he was fine and Barack Obama won the nomination so everything was now fine. He congratulated me as well. All I did was pray. I always believed in Barack Obama but I didn’t believe that they were going to give him the nomination because someone is always pulling something in order to win. So, I didn’t want to believe it was true until i read it with my own eyes. I couldn’t sleep. I cried again.
Change is gonna come.
Some of my family is republican. Hopefully not a whole bunch. I went to Miami in February and I saw one of my uncles. He said, that’s it I am not voting for a Republican ever again. i am done with them. Good for you, I told him. And I was like, damn, it took 8 years of Bush to get people to stop voting Republican. So, since my uncle came to his senses I am wondering what is going on with these selfish Cuban-Americans in Miami that are protesting Barack Obama’s visit to Miami? Why haven’t they come to their senses? Is it that they can’t stand the fact of having a Black president? Is it that they just can’t let go? Is it that they keep on failing in throwing down the Cuban government so they have to do something here?
When Barack Obama got the nomination I made a promise that I would do something to get him elected. I will not fall into the trap that there are too many racist people in this country so he will never be president. No, I will do something so my parents can congratulate me for helping him get elected not just praying for it.
I believe that there will be more supporters than protestors. That people will change their mind. I believe that Barack Obama will be our next president. And yes, I am crying while writing these words because I feel its power. Barack Obama, US President. May God read my words.