The Americanization of Elián

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Fri Jan 28 07:58:43 MST 2000

NY Times, 1/28/00:

For the grandmothers, too, the meeting was unsettling in another way. After
returning to Washington to lobby for custody of the boy, they said they had
barely recognized him.

"He's changed completely," said Mariela Quintana, mother of Elián's mother,
Elizabet Broton González, told reporters.

In the fashion of teenagers, Elián showed up at the meeting on Wednesday
wearing a gold chain. He has been taught to wear baseball caps, backwards,
and to use beepers and cell phones. He plays Nintendo games and watches
video movies.

Louis Proyect

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