There was no better way for the United States to begin to “cut loose the shackles of the past” than by allowing Jencarlos Canela, a Cuban-American, to push the button to begin the new year’s countdown at New York’s Times Square. It was a sign of the times, and it was not just pure coincidence that the first Latino to do this celebration happened to be of Cuban descent. It was a great way to welcome 2015 and to mark – what could possibly be – the beginning of a new relationship between the United States and Cuba.
I shared the news a few days before New Years with a Cuban colleague who is now living in the United States. His first reaction was, “Who is this guy?” He did not even know who he was, and quite frankly, neither did I. When I told him his ancestry he said, “If that is the case, then why did they not let Gloria Estefán do it?” Great point. Though personally, I think that an older Cuban artist would have been a symbol of the past, and as Obama announced, it is a “new chapter” in US-Cuba ties. Here’s to a New Year’s resolution for both countries.
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