When traveling in Cuba, we had to hide my brother-in-law whenever we went to a restaurant and pretend we didn’t speak Spanish. He’s from Peru, and when he was with us, we’d wait hours to get served and would have to put up with really lousy treatment.
The poor guy would literally hide in the bushes, we’d order (and get treated like royalty because Cubans assumed we are British), and then he’d join us. My brother-in-law is the most polite person I have ever met. But eventually it got to him and he exploded.
“You despise me for being latino, like you, and speaking Spanish, like you,” he said to the Cubans. “It means it’s yourselves you despise.”
It was so sad to see. But it’s a totalitarian regime. That’s what it does to you. It’s got nothing to do with poverty. People in the extremely poor Dominican Republic are extremely proud of their language and culture.
Totalitarianism takes everything away and makes life about purely material pursuits. The results are ugly. And they are identical in Ukraine and Cuba, for example. It’s the system that does it to people. Totalitarianism stole their culture from Cubans and turned them into pathetic, self-hating, self-prostituting Soviet clones.