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An iconic image challenged the politics of Cuban Americans

rtrh14a.jpg Alan Díaz of the Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography in 2001 for his photograph of armed US federal agents seizing Cuban boy Elián González from the home of his Miami relatives. González, held by Donato Dalrymple, right, was taken by federal agents from his Miami relatives April 22, 2000, to return to his father in Cuba. Díaz died on July 3, 2018. Credit: Alan Díaz/Associated Press Eighteen years ago, veteran Associated Press photographer Alan Díaz won a Pulitzer Prize for an image that marked a new era in Cuban American history. Authorities put González in the custody of Brotons Rodríguez’s extended family in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, but the boy’s father and the Cuban government protested. He talked about trying to win the trust of the family while still maintaining his objectivity. It was 4 a.m. when a colleague gave him the signal that federal authorities were on their way to retrieve González. He quickly jumped from some bushes in the yard, ran through the front door and into the bedroom where Dalrymple and González were hiding in a closet. But not all journalists had Díaz’s sensitivity. That was a different cry and it really gets to you.” Painful, awkward, haunting as the photo was, it served as a symbol for a new era says Joe Garcia, who served as a US representative for Florida’s 26th District from 2013 to 2015. A boy should be with his father.” Related: Here's why US-Cuban relations are so important to all of us The perspectives and politics of Florida’s Cuban Americans have never been the same.