On the firing of Rick Sanchez
A couple of days ago CNN fired Cuban-American newscaster Rick Sanchez following his controversial and stupid comments on a radio show Thursday. He took some jabs at Jon Stewart (who has been taking a lot of jabs at Sanchez for a long time), but essentially, Sanchez was fired for suggesting that CNN and the rest of the media is run by Jewish people.
I find this Sancheztupidity even more offensive because Sanchez, who wears his Cubanosity very close to his heart, should know that there hundreds of thousands of Cuban Jews all over the world, and in fact most of them are concentrated in Miami (where Sanchez was raised). I have been told that Cuban-American Jews call themselves "Jewbans." As a Cuban-American, I am embarrassed by Sanchez's remarks and by his own cultural ignorance of his own people.
And he is probably not culturally aware that there is a very strong possibility, given his last name and European lineage, that he (as are most Sanchezes) is quite possibly descended from a marrano or force-converted Jew in medieval Spain.
According to MisApellidos.com (which in Spanish means "My last names.com") one of the ancestral origins of the surname Sanchez is:
El apellido es de judios sefarditas convertidos al catolisismo, se acentarón en la región de España y desienden de Aarón.Translated this says:
The surname is of Sephardic Jews converted to Catholicism, they settled in the region of Spain and are descendants of Aaron.Genealogy Forum.com asserts that:
Sanchez is a Jewish name. It is a Sephardic (Spanish) Jewish name... Ez or es means "eres Zion" or "eres Sion", which means "Son of Zion/Sion", or "Son of Jerusalem", or children of Israel, or Children of G_d. So Sanchez - means Sanch means sanctified and ez means eres Zion, so then Sanchez is "The Sanctified of Zion". Which means the ones that keep the Laws of G_d from Jerusalem, Israel. The Commandment Keepers of Zion. Sanchez is Hebrew, Israelite, and jewish of the tribe of Judah.Cultural ignorance is not a pretty thing.
Adios and Shalom Rick...