Friday, August 20, 2004

Puerto Ricans are not Americans

Excerpts from the essay Puerto Ricans are not Americans.


. . .Aside from the obvious cultural differences, the most crucial, yet less known, difference is that we do not share a common history with the US. Unfortunately, George Washington did not liberate this colony, nor did Abraham Lincoln emancipate our slaves. The history we can relate to with the metropolis is one of unilateral tyranny, economic oppression, political repression, civil subordination, assimilation attempts and forced expatriation. . .

Puerto Ricans must wake up to the fact that, no matter how hard we try to be like Americans, and no matter what kind of catchy phrases we try to invent, we are not Americans. . .

What keeps us from becoming Americans is the reality that Puerto Rico is a nation and we as Puerto Ricans have refused, for the most part, to fully assimilate. In fact, both reasons correlate with each other because it is Puerto Rico’s nationality that keeps us from fully assimilating to American culture. . .

Read the rest of the essay by clicking here and selecting PRnotUS.doc.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We are more American than apple pie having been founded long before any of the 13 original colonies.

If only more of us could find pride in that heritage that once charted and conquered half the world and that history that goes even further back to the ancients of Europe.