sábado, 6 de mayo de 2017

The situation of Puerto Rico in a nutshell, for those in the USA who want a quick answer

This is a quote from an interview with the renowned Puerto Rican writer Marta Aponte-Alsina which I copy from her FB page because it is the best summary of what is going on in our island:

"I believe the island, a secular colony of the United States, has become as profoundly and completely defenseless as it was when it was governed by a dictatorship of the United States military between 1898 and 1900. They have erased the Puerto Ricans, dehumanised us, since the invasion in 1898, and there have been no changes in the imperial policies of the United States since then. Debt repayment policies are combatted in many countries, we are not alone. The difference is that here such policies are not subject to appeal, since they are imposed by a dictatorship and we have no access to international fora. We are under the control of a junta of administrators who were not elected by the people of Puerto Rico." (Marta Aponte Alsina)

And also this video from Brave New Films:

2 comentarios:

David dijo...

Parte importante del daño que hace quien coloniza es el que el colonizado no pueda aceptar que se le hace lo que Aponte Alsina menciona. Es que a muchos ni les cabe en la cabeza al idealizar al colonizador. Piensan que nos han hecho un favor.

Ivonne Acosta Lespier dijo...

David: Por eso estoy organizando una actividad con el tema de "la mentalidad colonizada" en la Universidad del Turabo donde tengo un part-time. Espero tratar los tres clásicos: Memmi, Fanon y Césaire que uno los lee y es como si nos estuvieran hablando a nosotros.