USA — So the other day some friends and I went to the Cuba USA soccer game here in Washington. I was very excited to see the Cuban national team come to play the United States. It’s not like soccer is the national sport, we all know baseball is.
Nevertheless, some other Cuban-Americans and I headed out to RFK stadium, wearing Cuba gear. I wore my shirt that had in a jewel design “Cuba B.C.”
However, even though I saw it as symbol of potential dialogue between the United States and Cuba, many Cuban-Americans did not.
I called my abuelito to tell him the good news, that I’d be seeing the soccer game. His response was exactly what I expected — negative. He told me that I should root for the American team only, and not for “los comunistas“.
I said how about I root for both of them, after all the Cubans playing are not Castro. They are human beings, right? Our blood is Cuban and now we are in America. Shouldn’t we straddle both cultures to the best of our abilities and support potential dialogue, even if it’s just a sports game?
I want a free democratic Cuba just as much as my grandfather does.
Then I realized this was a topic that we could never agree on. Geographically, generation-wise there are many divisions that exist between Cuban-American families.
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Laura (also known as Lauri) is a 23 years old public relations professional in Washington, D.C. Born in Miami to Cuban parents, she is fueled by the passion of giving back to the community.
Laura often times is too idealistic but is striving to make the world a better place. She is interested in politics, travel, and different cultures. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she will be telling the world of her life as a Washingtonian with a “cubanita twist”.