On a non-Cuban-American blog known for its Cuban-American bashing an allegation was recently made by some quack that Cuban-Americans had burned an American flag during the protests (not "riots") that followed Elián's abduction at gunpoint. The helpful blogger scoured the internet in search for such a picture or article attesting to such an act of flag-burning, but could not find it, though certainly not for want of trying. That did not stop him, however, from asserting on his own authority that such a picture must indeed exist. Somewhere. In time or space.
We gather that for him it would be a great embarrassment if Cuban-Americans had never burned an American flag; it would label us "lapdogs" out of step with current radical practices as espoused by "forward-looking" activists in other Hispanic communities.
Well, if such a picture does exist, I should like to see it. In fact, I will display it here for all to see and on July 4th no less — so absolute is my own conviction that such a picture does NOT exist. Of course, the picture must be accompanied by reliable information as to the venue where it first appeared as well as corroborating evidence that those who burned it were anti-Castro Cuban exiles. That is, it must have irreproachable provenance. I don't believe that the blogger himself would be capable of such chicanery but I don't put it beyond others to fake a photograph. After all, there are hundreds of pictures of Latin-Americans burning American flags in South and Central America and the Caribbean.
But in 48 years in this country no pro-democracy Cuban exile has ever burned an American flag at a demonstration or anywhere else, although I don't discount the possibility that pro-Castroites might have, as one would expect them to.
Just as these same people invented the myth or urban legend of Cuban-American "riots" in Miami, they are now tarring our community with this canard.
To which we answer: Prove it.