Puerto Ricans confront race issue

For the first time in 50 years, residents of Puerto Rico have identified themselves racially in the U.S. census -- a milestone that civil-rights activists hope will spark public debate about discrimination on ... Full Story
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Pancho Karaekeso

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#7 Mar 16, 2008
The truth is that subject wise this is good for family gatherings since is worn out and does not improve anything.
Who Cares

Orlando, FL

#8 Mar 16, 2008
Why is this article in my local newspaper????

I don't live(Thank God)in PR!!!!!!!

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#9 Mar 16, 2008
Who Cares wrote:
Why is this article in my local newspaper????
I don't live(Thank God)in PR!!!!!!!
Instruct your children to quit reading the PR articles to you.
poor taxpayer

Gotha, FL

#13 Mar 16, 2008
Who Cares wrote:
Why is this article in my local newspaper????
I don't live(Thank God)in PR!!!!!!!
Because the leftist Chicago Tribune/Slantinel wants to turn every city in this country into a third world shanty town like you find in PR.
anya

Syracuse, NY

#20 Mar 16, 2008
ITALIANS AND CUBANS ALL MIND TO THEIR OWN THING WHY ARE BLACKS AFRAID OF THESES ETHNICS AND AFRAID OF PUERTO RICANS.
Mad

United States

#21 Mar 16, 2008
No one cares what the color of your skin is but the color of your character.

That said we see tons of worthless trash from the island driving cheap japanese cars with megaphone muffler, playing some rat on acid merengue music as loud as they can, rude behavior, drug dealin, non working, home in foreclosure, criminal punks here in Central Florida.

Know why people dont like some Puerto Ricans? Its because the bad ones make all of them look bad.

But instead of calling out bad behavior and raising responsible polite children everyone wants to scream racism. Its by experience baby!
poor taxpayer

Gotha, FL

#23 Mar 16, 2008
Patricia Leon wrote:
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That is intesting since Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth of the United states since the 1940's and the United States has controlled our economy and politicians since 1898. Perhaps you should question North America's role in Puerto Rico being "a third world country." First of all we are U.S citizens so what does that make the U.S. and its inhabitants. Brushing up on history may be helpful, why is the U.S. so fond of our "third world countries." Who made them and labeled them a "third world country" and who benefits. Before labeling, reseach why some people in the U.S. are so priviledged at the expense of other regions. In the words of a great leader,(Malcolm X) "Think"
Don't give me your leftist pseudo-intellectual PC BS. While it was absolutely wrong for the US to invade PR in the bogus Spanish-American War, we have been paying for it ever since. Still your island could vote for independence OR statehood at any time. Yet your people want neither. They want the free ride of being US citizens, getting federal giveaways without paying federal income taxes.

And if you think Malcolm X was a great leader then that tells me all I need to know about you.
Lawyers and Money

Orlando, FL

#26 Mar 16, 2008
Donít kid yourself. Itís a bunch of lawyers trying to make money off blacks. Blacks are the biggest money maker for hundreds of thousands of lawyers in America. Criminal law, child support law, civil rights law. Why if it wasnít for blacks half the lawyers in the United States would be out of work.

Itís all about the money. The blacks in Puerto Rico must not be committing enough crime to keep these lawyers occupied.

Me personally I think if the allowed gay marriage in Puerto Rico they would get a better class of clientele they could represent in divorce court.

What a complete waste of time and money. And you know who will pay for it? Puerto Ricans canít. Guess who will?
Iso

United States

#27 Mar 16, 2008
Excuse me. This article is dated March 31, 2001!!!!
This might have been news 7 years ago, but come on!
Lawyers and Money

Orlando, FL

#28 Mar 16, 2008
poor taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>Don't give me your leftist pseudo-intellectual PC BS. While it was absolutely wrong for the US to invade PR in the bogus Spanish-American War, we have been paying for it ever since. Still your island could vote for independence OR statehood at any time. Yet your people want neither. They want the free ride of being US citizens, getting federal giveaways without paying federal income taxes.
And if you think Malcolm X was a great leader then that tells me all I need to know about you.
Independence!

Yes let's give PR independence!

I totally agree!
Lawyers and Money

Orlando, FL

#29 Mar 16, 2008
Patricia Leon wrote:
This is an excellent article, and it is about time that the
issue of race and Puerto Ricans is brought to the forefront.
I am of Puerto Rican descent and am currently a graduate
student working on a Thesis that deals with prejudice within
the Puerto Rican community. It had not been easy due to
the reaction of our community, there is a strong front of denial that hides behind cultural homogeinuity. This is not only true in Puerto Rico but in most Latin American populations. The question is, who protects the Black
populations in these regions? Thank you for your work
Venezuelans hate blacks. I know that. Poor, uneducated why it sounds just like America.

Since: Feb 07

Caguas, Puerto Rico

#33 Mar 16, 2008
Let's hear from some more people from Chicago Ridge, Illinois!! Why the hell are YOU stirring this pot?
Taino

New York, NY

#36 Mar 16, 2008
If we are white than why don't white people say that where white. lol Talk about Weird Shit. 80% think where white and than the other percent in America who are white don't think so. lol This shit is hilarious...

Well one thing is for sure that we all have the same color blood.

Politics and government should always be in the realm of the indigenous people. Tainos land so however this progresses to. The Taino has the right for an independent land and history to be taught in Puerto Rico. Thats the truth all other things of what people think they are is not valuable. Just like the reverse history taught in America. Which states that the founding fathers where pilgrims. Never will America be at peace until it awakens the slumber of the Natives of the land. Than you build from there...

Yours Truly Taino.
Rob

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#38 Mar 16, 2008
Patricia Leon wrote:
What I have found is that Puerto Ricans are quick to claim Spanish
descendency but are not as enthusiastic about their African roots, which the majority of us have. Many do not even know the history of the African continent, or have a misunderstanding of Africa all together. We must remember that what we see about Africa on T.V. is
bias, in that we are exposed to the
extreme. I challenge you to look up
Songhai, Mali and Ghana, some of the most developed regions in Africa. Let us celebrate with pride our African roots and respect our African brother and sisters.
I'm very quick to claim my Spanish descent, because I'm a Spanish citizen through ancestry ;) 75%, 3 of my grandparents are originally from Barcelona. The 4th is from Dublin.

So, as far as I can tell, there isn't a drop of African in me.
Rob

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#39 Mar 16, 2008
Frito Bandito wrote:
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I agree.... They're quick to claim Spanish with nothing to back it up with. Many Puerto Ricans are actually decendants of other than Spanish stock.
Much is available today in the field of geneology and DNA testing for Puerto Ricans to truly celebrate and prove their family roots.
I can back it up :)
Rob

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#40 Mar 16, 2008
Who Cares wrote:
Why is this article in my local newspaper????
I don't live(Thank God)in PR!!!!!!!
Having attended college in Orlando, and owning land in Florida, I can safely say that I would rather live in San Juan than in Apopka any day of the week.

You can keep your 13th street, your Blue Darters, and Klan rallies. I'll enjoy my year round warm weather and the warmth of my people.
Rob

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#41 Mar 16, 2008
poor taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>hey want the free ride of being US citizens, getting federal giveaways without paying federal income taxes.
Sorry poor taxpayer, but I pay my federal income tax, on top of my 38% state. While the word of the law (which was approved by the federal government) states that residents of PR as a whole do not pay federal income tax, for most Puerto Rican taxpayers that is not the case (and likely the reason I haven't been able to get an appointment at the IRS taxpayer advocacy office until April 10th). Many Puerto Ricans pay federal income tax directly, and all Puerto Rican taxpayers pay federal income tax indirectly, since a percentage (albeit a small one) of the revenue that the PR treasury department receives is paid to the Federal treasury.

In short, don't speak about things you know nothing about.
Titan

Orlando, FL

#43 Mar 16, 2008
Rob wrote:
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Having attended college in Orlando, and owning land in Florida, I can safely say that I would rather live in San Juan than in Apopka any day of the week.
You can keep your 13th street, your Blue Darters, and Klan rallies. I'll enjoy my year round warm weather and the warmth of my people.
Enjoy. Start a independence party and get your freedom form the racist to the north.

Since: Oct 07

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#44 Mar 16, 2008
Rob wrote:
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I'm very quick to claim my Spanish descent, because I'm a Spanish citizen through ancestry ;) 75%, 3 of my grandparents are originally from Barcelona. The 4th is from Dublin.
So, as far as I can tell, there isn't a drop of African in me.
It's that Dublin that will kill you. That Spanish too.

The Moors dominated southern Spain for centuries. Their expulsion from Spain coincided with the Spanish discovery voyages of Columbus. The expulsion of the Moors was the true basis of power for Ferdinand and Isabela.

But my grandmother was from the southern part of Ireland. In some of those sea coast towns arose a 'subculture' known as the Black Irish. These people had 'absorbed' Moorish sailors that landed in Ireland. The locals had features common to Moors (black, kinky hair, broad noses, thick lips) but blue eyes and white colored skin.

So, maybe you have a 'drop' from either of those "pure" sources. I do.
Rob

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#45 Mar 16, 2008
Lawyers and Money wrote:
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Independence!
Yes let's give PR independence!
I totally agree!
I don't. I've seen the neighboring islands, and while they're fun to visit, I have no reason to want to live in them.

I'm personally for a major reclassification of our status, that does not involve statehood or independence.

IME, Statehood has done quite a bit of bad for Hawaii, as they are subject to federal economic policies that are designed to benefit the lower 48. Hence, the large pro-independence movement in Hawaii (even larger than PR's).

Independence is equally bad. Look at the Philippines.

A reclassification of PR's colonial status is in order. One that allows PR representation on Federal affairs and presidential vote in return for paying federal income tax.

Or perhaps my racist friends don't want a state full of mulattos **ROLLEYES**

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