|21 January 2013|
Blanco's mother was from Cuba; he was raised in Miami. The Cuban community there is vibrant and diverse, in the recent past virulently anti-Castro but now less so. The younger generations are establishing their own American identity and a different connection to Cuba than those first immigrants. Blanco demonstrates this, a rising generation of Cuban-Americans who have become more American than Cuban.
The poet and the poem embrace President Obama's theme of civil rights, making progress toward our ideals, and inclusion in a diverse society: from Seneca Falls, to Selma, to Stonewall.