I find that Helen Aguirre Ferré’s March 2 Other Views column, Miami is everyone’s creation, is well meaning but, nevertheless, offensive or perhaps naïve. She refers to the Latino influence in Miami as Cuban with a nod to Puerto Rican and Colombian influences. The rest of the Spanish speakers in the city are dismissed.
Then there’s her reference to blacks. Do they have nationalities? Are some of them Cubans? Ferré goes on to give some credit to Jews, who are referred to by religion. Could perhaps some of the Cubans also be Jews? Are the Anglos she refers to descendants of Anglo-Saxons or is she using the term interchangeably with Caucasian?
Though her thoughts might have been positive, what she expressed was what’s too frequently seen in our great city: A separation of people and a general discomfort among different groups of people.
If we stop using those terms we might find that we are mixed in a flavorful tropical smoothie where all the ingredients blend to become a nourishing and refreshing drink.
Adela Sygman, Palmetto Bay