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What an Obama presidency might mean for Cuba

October 21st, 2008 · No Comments

In skimming the news today, I found this piece out of SUNY Buffalo about how an Obama presidency might weaken the existing power structure in Havana, Cuba and tip the balance in US Latino politics away from Miami Cuban-Americans and toward Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and other Central and South American origin Latino constituencies. Basically, the line of thought is that in normalizing relations with Cuba, which is the direction that Obama would like to move in, the Castro brothers would be weakened because they no longer would have a United States government that seeks to isolate Cuba. In essence, the existing Cuban power structure would not have an American leader to demonize like they have with presidents who have sought to create an adversarial relationship with the island. Futhermore, many older Cuban-Americans, who have supported the Republican held position of holding a grudge against the Castro leadership, may feel slighted, although they stand to benefit from more normal relations with the island in terms of travel and communication with family who were left behind. Other Latino Americans will fill in the void here in America, as they flex their support for Obama, tipping the balance away from the wealthy and more conservative (and sometimes racist) Cuban-Americans.

Tags: Barack Obama · Cuba · Fidel Castro · Presidential Elections

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