BORIQUA: THE U.S. CITIZENS OF ANOTHER COUNTRY

 

Man Standing Near Puerto Rico Flag

“For the love of the island.”


the island

Puerto Rico has long been a country that is a territory of the United States. The only Latino men and women who are legal American citizens. And also have long been a culture of very proud group of people. But over the past couple of years, the island is still ravished from the hurricane that hit, wiping out so much of the country’s infrastructure. Since then, the people of the island have gone through so many economic issues. And a cause for concern is what will be the future of the island. Many have said it is time that Puerto Rico become a 51st state which will mean a large aspect of the people’s culture lost. Since it is a country, they have an identity that far exceeds their identity just on U.S. soil.

still latino

Due to the illegal immigration concerns which forced countless people from their homes and into mini detention camps, there has been a lot of support from all Hispanic/Latino people. And one of those groups of people were Puerto Ricans. Now, you have people who actually state that these two groups are not the same. So why would Puerto Ricans get involved in this fight. A statement that is seen as divisive. But what you don’t understand is, is that Puerto Rican people know that if people had it their way, they wouldn’t be allowed in the country either. Because yes, what Mexicans are going through, there have been those that feel Puerto Ricans should not be given citizenship and have their own country. So there is an alliance that exist because at the end of the day, both groups are grouped into Latin America.

bleak future

For now, who knows what is to come for Puerto Rican people. The island is still destroyed after the hurricane and there is no real look of change for the island. But there are a lot of people who are hopeful that the island will eventually make a turnaround.


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THE SHIFT IS REAL: HOW THE HISPANIC POPULATION IS BECOMING THE MAJORITY

 

Image result for MEXICO

“Estados Unidos.”


the new nation

The United States is going through a massive cultural shift. And that shift is involving the Hispanic population becoming the majority in the future. That means that the country is starting to change especially the language in the country. And when that happens you’re talking a lot of people stand a chance of being upset. The reason being that we are used to a certain way of life in the United States. And now the Hispanic population is supposed to represent the change that so many are against. Now notice I said supposed to represent. There are many different groups who come from around the world, but the Hispanic population is so close. So they are seen as this reason for so many of our problems in this country, whether crime or employment.

the color construct deconstructed

America is not the only country in the Americas that have a history of colorism. But living here we are so closed off from a diverse experience. Yes, we have cities like New York and Miami, but for the most part America is rural. And when you are not connected to the world you judge based on outer. Problem is, the Latino population comes in different physical representations. Now, notice I switched and said Latino. When looking at the numbers we combine the two, so Puerto Ricans would be considered Latino, but Mexican Hispanic, yet they are combined. Once that happens you now have people who have a wide range of looks from European to African. And in America you will be excepted or rejected based on color. Only thing is, the numbers are growing in part as a result. We as Americans want to pin point a Hispanic/Latino man or woman based on the physical. And as a result this is one way they will actually become the majority.

the blame game

We need someone to blame for the reason our lives are in the position it is in. So the Mexican community have become the face for the problem. Too many Black people are underprivileged to blame and the Native American groups is far too small at this point. Now, the reality is that technology is changing the way our country operates. A lot of the jobs that the Hispanic are working are more physical jobs that a lot of people in America are not trying to work. So they are be targeted from an “idea” that jobs are being taken, not really being taken.


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