Such cartoons are indeed imaginable with other ethnic groups — but surely with Uncle Sam cast as the villain, wearing a white hood, a swastika or an Ann Coulter mask. Maybe all three. In this one Uncle Sam smiles benevolently while handing the boat's ethnic occupants their just desserts.
When authorities in Virginia's Prince William County attempted to enforce U.S. laws against illegal immigration a few years ago the Washington Post denounced it as “shameful," "hypocritical" and "ugly." "Hounding Immigrants" ran the editorial's title. "By singling out illegal immigrants, local politicians are contributing to what is becoming a poisonous, increasingly nativist atmosphere that will infect relations with Hispanics generally."
Apparently they should single out legal ones, in the manner of Washington Post cartoons. There’s apparently nothing "poisonous" or "infectious," "shameful" or "nativist," mind you, about a cartoon gloating over the expulsion of U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin from America's shores in a manner identical to Ferdinand and Isabella's expulsion of Jews and Moors from Spain.
"Stop the Raids! Stop Hurting Children!" blared another WaPo editorial headline of the time. "The New Bedford raid is an inelegant example of how badly this country needs a clear-eyed immigration policy, one that provides . . . a path to citizenship for immigrants who have put down roost and contributed to the national economy." ("As long as they don't go on to vote Republican" they forgot to add.)
The immigrant (actually, refugee) group the Post insults in a manner utterly inconceivable for any other, is in fact the very one that “implanted roots" and "contributed to the national economy” like few others. The 2000 census shows 2nd generation Americans of Cuban heritage to have income and educational levels higher — not just than other "Hispanic" (a meaningless term) groups-- but higher than the U.S population in general.
Back in 2006 current The Daily Beast columnist Norman Birnbaum (a Jewish-American) said of Cuban-Americans: “Despite the truly repellent Miami Cubans of the older generation and their gallant allies, the Israel lobby, Castro hangs on.”
Birnbaum is also a Georgetown Professor Emeritus and former advisor to three Democratic Presidential candidates. Now imagine ,say, a Republican political adviser and Hillsdale college professor/author spouting – on the record on for public consumption – any of the following phrases: "those truly repellent New York Jews" or "those truly repellent Detroit Negroes" or "those truly repellent Los Angeles Mexicans."
Would he even bother seeking future media employment? I apologize for insulting your intelligence. Within the MSM/Democratic axis such insults can only apply against Cuban-Americans. And for an excellent reason: Americans of Cuban heritage are not only the most overwhelmingly Republican ethnic group in the U.S.—they’re also the most loyal Republicans in the history of the U.S.
Exit polls show that Cuban-Americans voted against Obama by the highest margins-- and by far — of any U.S. ethnic group, including "anglos." As regarded by the MSM, this is not an endearing trait.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.