The philosophical difference experienced between Cuban exiles and Latino immigrants is vast and appears insurmountable; no matter of discussion or name-calling will change the respective positions. Other Latinos will always view Cuban exiles as the redheaded stepchildren of Latin Americaâ€”out of place and out of step. One common notion that is expressed on a regular basis by non-Cuban Latinos in news shows, editorial pages, and internet blogs, to name a few, is that Cuban exiles are the remnants of the deposed fascist Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista, and that they only want to return the island to its right-wing past as a pseudo-colony of the United States. Those that believe and espouse such nonsense are not only poor students of Cuban history, but also fail to see the absurdity in such a notion. Dictatorships, be they on the right or left, are oppressive by nature and regardless of what their foreign supporters and collaborators may think and proclaim, never enjoy a loyal following from their own masses. The only loyalty a dictator can expectâ€”without the convincing help of a rifleâ€”comes from the ones who are complicit with the dictatorship and benefit from it. In Cuba, however, not only did Batista and his accomplices leave the island, but so did many others, including doctors, artists, lawyers, taxi drivers, professors, clerks, factory workers, and members of every other social and economic class. Over one million Cubans have fled the island since January of 1959 and to assert that these exiles, who represent the complete social and economic spectrum of that nation, were all collaborators with Batistaâ€™s dictatorship shows at best an all-encompassing ignorance of history and at worst, a complicity with the murderous regime.
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