Cuban-American Hard-liners Are
Apparently Scared of Musicians
August 23, 2001
After suffering a defeat last
year in their valiant attempt to stop a little boy from being reunited with
his loving father, the hard-line element of the Cuban-American community has
finally scored a major victory.
According to The
New York Times,
Months after announcing
to considerable fanfare that the Latin Grammy Awards would move to Miami
from Los Angeles, event organizers have pulled the show from South
Florida over fears that Cuban-American protesters would disrupt the
Why would some
Cuban-Americans object to the Latin Grammy Awards being held in Miami?
Critics of having the
show here argued that the ceremony could provide a platform for
pro-Castro Cuban artists.
But according to the Miami
Several Cuban musicians
are nominated this year, but none were scheduled to perform and it was
unclear whether any would be attending the ceremony.
Even if a
"pro-Castro" singer or band leader did attend, and did get an
award and did say something favorable about Castro, this fanatical element
of the Cuban-American community is so insecure that they need to prevent
And so much for free speech.
But we already know how much
this hard-line element of the Cuban-American community cared about such
things when they were the big shots in dictator Batista's Cuba, and, after
they came to the U.S., how much they have concerned themselves about such
Constitutional niceties here.