Elian Gonzalez lashes out at U.S.

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Cuba, Cuban Culture, Cuban Exile, Culture

The Elian Gonzalez saga back in 1999-2000 was a wake-up call for me–a Cuban Exile who thought she was American until Elian that is. Many people were very cruel to me, spewing sarcastic and derogatory remarks such as “Cuban spic, crawl back to where you came from with Elian.” Imagine, me, who knew nothing about Cuba–me, who was so sure she was American. Please don’t get me wrong–I love America. It is my only country since it is the only country I know. My novel, Taking Exit 13, illustrates the journey of a character who has a similar struggle. The book was inspired by Elian, and I may dedicate the book to him.

New Day

One name stands out on the guest list of thousands of youth at a conference in Ecuador this week: Elian Gonzalez.

Fourteen years after he made headlines as the subject of a bitter international custody battle, Gonzalez spoke to CNN on Tuesday.

It’s his first trip abroad since the U.S. government removed him at gunpoint from his relatives’ home in Miami and, after a legal battle, sent him back to Cuba to live with his father.

Gonzalez, who turned 20 last week, was just 6 years old when he was found clinging to an inner tube after the tiny boat he was traveling in from Cuba sank on the way to the United States. Gonzalez’s mother and nine other people in the boat drowned.

A cadet in military school in Cuba studying engineering now,  Gonzales is speaking out for himself, not only about how he’s doing but about the U.S. embargo on Cuba, reports 

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