Cuban Southernerís Defense of the South: An Interview with Dr. Miguel
A. Faria, Jr.
Trent Lott ready to have burned Robert E. Lee in effigy to stay
in office, itís refreshing to see Southerners like Dr. Miguel A.
Faria, Jr. Dr. Faria is the author of Medical
Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine, Vandals
at the Gates of Medicine, and most recently Cuba
in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise. He is also editor
of the Medical
Sentinel, the journal of the Association
of American Physicians and Surgeons. All of his books are available
A retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Faria lives in Macon, Georgia.
did you and your family move to the South?
moved south because it was an excellent opportunity for my father,
who had just completed all of his medical re-certification requirements
to practice medicine in the U.S. By chance, the best job opportunity
offered to him was in Columbia, South Carolina, at the State hospital.
Coincidentally, the rest of our family, my mother, sister Mercedes
and cousin Clara, had just joined us in the United States. My father
told us we needed to relocate from Miami for his new job and, most
importantly, to learn to be Americans.
needed to never forget our roots," he said. Nevertheless, "we
were now to fully learn English and be assimilated into the American
way of life!" My father and I had lived in Miami from 1966
to 1968, but that was culturally like living in a liberated Cuba,
in "Little Havana." Although Miami is south according to the geographic
compass, we were now heading to the real South, to South Carolina,
virtually in the Deep South, to begin a new life.
did you attend college and medical school in the South?
we first told our friends in Miami that we would be moving to South
Carolina, they could not believe it. Not only were we moving from
the center of the Cuban world in exile, the "Little Havana" area,
but we were moving to the "boondocks" of the South. They actually
feared for our lives because of all the propaganda that Fidel Castro
had given to race politics (and riots) in the U.S. After all, we
were dark-skinned Cubans, who still did not command the language
or the culture of our new country. Who knows what the KKK would
do to us after we had left the haven of Miami to move to the "sticks"
of South Carolina? After all, this was 1968 and race riots were
in full swing.
the Southern people we were supposed to fear welcomed us with open
arms. We were treated very well in Columbia, South Carolina. I attended
high school and college (the University of South Carolina, 19701973)
there. I could have used the newly instituted affirmative action
to go to Harvard or any other Ivy League school of my choice in
the North. I had the grades and the ethnicity (i.e., Hispanic).
Instead, I opted to stay in the South and rejected the use of affirmative
action for any special consideration. Likewise in 1974, with excellent
grades (magna cum laude) I could have gone to any medical school
I wanted. Again, I opted to attend the Medical University of South
Carolina in Charleston, where I met my beloved wife Helen.
we moved to Atlanta, Georgia to complete my residency training in
neurological surgery at Emory University. We moved to Macon, Georgia
because I was needed there as a neurosurgeon and because I felt
it was a town that had held onto its southern heritage and traditions.
We brought up our family there, our children, Miguel, Elena, and
Gabriela. We still love living in that southern town.
mentioned Castroís racial propaganda. Would you please elaborate
speeches and news film clips of U.S. riots showed white policemen
attacking black rioters with dogs. This was shown repeatedly on
TV and in the movie theaters in between movies and programming.
If my memory serves me correctly, it started soon after the triumph
of the Revolution, but escalated as he became more secure in power
and felt free to openly display his hatred for the United States.
Race relations in the United States were something that Castro exploited
to the hilt.
do you live in the South today?
love the South and the southern way of life. People are definitely
more hospitable, civil, and polite than in the North. Southerners
are still chivalrous toward women, respectful to elders, and nurturing
to their children. Fathers still teach their youngsters, both boys
and girls, to fish and hunt. Mothers teach their girls proper manners
will still strike up conversation with strangers and make them friends
in parks, restaurants, grocery stores, and at the many outdoor festivities
and activities. Honor and duty, like chivalry, scarce commodities
elsewhere, are still to be found in the South. Here law-abiding
citizens are still widely allowed to exercise their Second Amendment
rights, and because of concealed carry laws, the crime rate has
been dropping faster than in the rest of the nation.
like the brutal and tragic case of Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed
to death at age 28 in Queens, New York, in front of thirty-seven
witnesses, none of whom even tried to help her, donít occur in the
South. You can be sure one of us would have done something although
you would not read about it in the mainstream media. Yes, we have
crime in the South, but if a damsel is in distress, you can be sure
that down here a southern gentleman will still come to her rescue.
The South upholds the noblest traditions of these United States:
honor, duty, freedom, and country.
the advances of socialism and radical feminism (and the definite
feminization of our society), in the South, it is still okay to
be a woman and all that entails. It is all right and not insulting
for a woman to accept a manís old-fashioned politeness and his protection,
if the situation arises. And yet, Southern women are not helpless.
They can be tough when necessary without losing their femininity.
It is also all right to be a man, because the warrior spirit survives
in Southern men, the spirit to defend wife, family, and hearth.
is the importance of Southern thinkers like Jefferson to your worldview?
importance of Thomas Jeffersonís legacy of freedom, individual rights,
state sovereignty (see the forgotten Tenth Amendment to the Constitution),
constitutional governance and limited government with the consent
of the governed, cannot be overemphasized. That is why many left-wing
academicians, such as Conor Cruise OíBrien (who presided over the
destruction of Katanga under the auspices of the United Nations
in the early 1960s) and other statist, authoritarian, "progressive"
educators have tried belatedly to besmirch the reputation of Thomas
Jefferson, the sage of Monticello. The freedom tenets upon which
Jefferson built our great American republic are a formidable obstacle
for would be tyrants and those who want to submerge the sovereignty
of these United States to a world government under the United Nations.
Jefferson also remains a threat to those ambitious politicians who
do not want to be bound down by the chains of the constitution.
often cite Thomas Jefferson in your writings. Do you see an application
for his thought to Cuba?
would be well served if her future leaders were to possess a Jeffersonian
vision for the soon-to-be-free Caribbean nation. I say future leaders
because the prospect of Jeffersonian freedom is not possible under
the tyrannical rule of Fidel and Raúl Castro. They have too
much blood on their hands. And that is why in the concluding chapters
of Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise, I expound
on our Founding Fathersí legacy of freedom based on sound, natural
Jeffersonian vision for Cuba would require that the Cuban people
discard the Stalinist constitution of 1976 that oppresses them and
subjugates the individual citizen to the State, rather than protect
the individual from tyranny. That maleficent "constitution"
empowers the State and legalizes despotism and collectivism, rather
than protect the civil liberties and individual rights of its citizens.
than enacting the trappings of a collectivist social democracy as
in many European nations, the Cuban people should adopt a constitutional
republic like these United States. Here is what Jefferson wrote
on March 11, 1790: "The republican is the only form of government
which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of
mankind." He was backed by his friend James Madison, who wrote in
Federalist Paper No. 10: "Democracies have ever been spectacles
of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible
with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general
been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their
advice can Thomas Jefferson give us for a hopefully soon emerging
Caribbean nation? In his First Inaugural Address, he said:
and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious
or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations,
entangling alliances with none; freedom of religion; freedom of
the press, and freedom of person under the protection of the habeas
corpus, and trial by juries impartially selected. These principles
form the bright constellation which has gone before us and guided
our steps through an age of revolution and reformation. The wisdom
of our sages and blood of our heroes have been devoted to their
can see no better vision for Cuba than a Jeffersonian vision of
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is a columnist for FrontPageMagazine.com and president of the
Center for Free Emigration,
which agrees with Frederick Douglass that "It is a fundamental truth
that every man is the rightful owner of his own body."
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