Do you love or hate Puerto Ricans and...

Do you love or hate Puerto Ricans and why?

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Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#41 Sep 11, 2009
Jorge wrote:
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!Qué jodón¡ LOL
!Que vivan los Negritos!
Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#42 Sep 11, 2009
Jorge wrote:
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Relax! It was me who tried to copy and apply your words to our island experience. And if some Puerto Rican comes at you (switchblade between teeth, as we say in the island) so what? Every U.S. American is part of our nation and your entitled to your own opinion and version, regardless if we like it or not.
What is the worst that can happen? Get into a name calling/insult fest? As if it is the first one around these these threads.
Hey! I've been called every name in the book...So what? There's a saying in Spain that goes..."as long as the dogs are barking, we are on the right track..."
So, let the dogs bark. LOL
Share anything that comes to your mind, you'll have our reactions, anyways (some good, others better).
As far as Latin America, I bring it up for I spent part of my childhood in Central America and part of my youth in Spain.
That means that I know, first hand, what I'm talking about. We are a "watered down" version of Latin Americans (by their and Spanish standards).
I was amused when I went to a history class in Spain and they teach about the lost war with the U.S. and their last colonies lost (Cuba and the Phillipines).
I immediately jumped and inquired about Puerto Rico; their answer? Well, Puerto Rico, is something else...those ingrates....I had to let out a laughter and explained that I am Puerto Rican...The Professor was surprised and tried to explain the official position on the "Puerto Rican/Spanish experience".
So, what did I learn from all this? There are many and varied ways of perceiving the same thing, according to where is your standing (and your particular experiences).
Jorge
So tell me more, how do the Spaniards view Puerto Rico today?

“DIRTY BIRDY”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#43 Sep 11, 2009
Prexplorer wrote:
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!Que vivan los Negritos!
Hello..
How are you??

“DIRTY BIRDY”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#44 Sep 11, 2009
Hairy..
You know I too was born in N.Y.
I grew up in an all German neighborhood..
Never did I experience racism..
It wasn't til I moved to the town I am in now that I experienced racism..
I have been here 10 years..You would think people would have been use to diversity in the late 90's..
I get looks too in this town..
Yo color canella y el pelo riso and my hubby is white as paper with blue eyes..
Little do they know is that my hubby was born and raised in P.R..
My son looks like me and my daughter is all Daddy.
I was floored one day when I took her to the park and some lady had the nerve to ask me if she was adopted..
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#45 Sep 11, 2009
is there a word like Boricua/American...is anyone believe in this?

is there a word like Puerto Rican/American??

can someone answer me this!?
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#46 Sep 11, 2009
Prexplorer wrote:
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So tell me more, how do the Spaniards view Puerto Rico today?
In time, I researched on the why's for Spain's reaction towards Cuba and us, in Puerto Rico.

When Spain lost these colonies, an huge economic crisis followed (in fact, many economic crisis followed, one after the other). The new Republic of Cuba was their saviour and came to their rescue; go figure...after a long war of independence, where under the Spanish general Valeriano Weyler, concentration camps mushroomed (all over Cuba); where hundreds of thousands of Cubans died (of hunger and diseases)...Cuba forgave everything and opened its arms, love and borders to, hundreds of thousands of starving, Spaniards (way into the 1960's).

During the dictatorships of Primo de Rivera and Franco, thousands of exiled Spanish found their way into Cuba. During the Spanish Civil War and post war, every Socialist/Communist found its way towards Cuba. That's how Cuba came into Communism/Socialism (thru Spanish and European exiles).

While those borders were opened; the U.S. closed Puerto Rican borders to everyone (especially the Spanish). For over half a century, Spain and the U.S. were on opposite sides of every conflict. Spain was a German oriented fascist state (and Hitler's ally) and the U.S.' enemy (P.Rico, caught up in that geopolitical game).

It has lasted until nowadays. So, there you have it...for Spanish history, Puerto Rico is the ingrate, resentful, etc. ex colony (at least until Hernandez Colon's governorship; which restablished cultural and economi relations which won us, the people of Puerto Rico, Spain's highest prize-the Premio de Asturias).

Jorge

P.S.

So, as you can see, my friend everything has a logic explanation (even resentment between a Mother country and an ex province).
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#47 Sep 11, 2009
TJM wrote:
is there a word like Boricua/American...is anyone believe in this?
is there a word like Puerto Rican/American??
can someone answer me this!?
Its a possibility, for you know how Americans are obsessed with weird classifications of everything, especially human beings.

It's funny how we, island Americans, find a way of mockering the federal census system.

In the box where we are supposed to register our individual race (that we belong to), most Puerto Ricans check "white", regardless if we are from Loíza (which has our highest concentration of blacks).

In the U.S.(and according to the Black codes, Code Noir or Códigos Negros, from the slavery days) if a person had "one drop of Black blood" he/she was considered Black.

We, in our islands, changed all that (when Spanish Black Codes were forbidden). Nowadays, if a person has only "one drop of White blood", we consider hir/her White. LOL, ha, hahahaha...

How do you like that?

The U.S. can't believe their eyes, with an island full of mulatos, all of us consider ourselves WHITE (just for the heck of it). We are different from the mainland and want (everybody to know, that we intend) to keep it that way...

LOL

Jorge

If you ask me, under which race I classify myself- well, it's either "other" or "multiracial" for I am proud even of my Neanderthal ancestors....LOL

When I go to Europe, for ex. Rome-I think-"my ancestors built this". When I visit any island in the Caribbean (and watch how many Blacks make up most of over the 40 million plus of the Basin's population) I burst with pride, on how many "we-Blacks" are.

The last time I went to the oldest Sinagogue in the Western Hemisphere (which is in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas), I couldn't feel more proud of how (my Jewish ancestors) were able to make it in the New World, etc...It's a lot of fun, trying to figure out where is I come from (from what "stock" I'm made off). LOL
Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#48 Sep 11, 2009
MICHELLE D wrote:
<quoted text> Hello..
How are you??
I am well, where have you been? I hope things are going well with you also.
Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#49 Sep 11, 2009
MICHELLE D wrote:
Hairy..
You know I too was born in N.Y.
I grew up in an all German neighborhood..
Never did I experience racism..
It wasn't til I moved to the town I am in now that I experienced racism..
I have been here 10 years..You would think people would have been use to diversity in the late 90's..
I get looks too in this town..
Yo color canella y el pelo riso and my hubby is white as paper with blue eyes..
Little do they know is that my hubby was born and raised in P.R..
My son looks like me and my daughter is all Daddy.
I was floored one day when I took her to the park and some lady had the nerve to ask me if she was adopted..
If you are living in Philly, it is one of the most racist cities I have ever encountered. I lived in the South and Philly was worse.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#50 Sep 11, 2009
Prexplorer wrote:
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If you are living in Philly, it is one of the most racist cities I have ever encountered. I lived in the South and Philly was worse.
How come?

¿A qué se debe eso?

Jorge

“DIRTY BIRDY”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#51 Sep 11, 2009
Prexplorer wrote:
<quoted text>
I am well, where have you been? I hope things are going well with you also.

Glad to hear everything is well with you..
Everthing is going good here..
Where have I been??
I've been around..
You are the one that has been mia..

“DIRTY BIRDY”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#52 Sep 11, 2009
Prexplorer wrote:
<quoted text>
If you are living in Philly, it is one of the most racist cities I have ever encountered. I lived in the South and Philly was worse.
I am north of Phillie..
I have never had a problem in Phillie nor have I had a problem in any of the redneck towns in P.A..
But where I live te digo que son demasiado.
Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#53 Sep 11, 2009
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Its a possibility, for you know how Americans are obsessed with weird classifications of everything, especially human beings.
It's funny how we, island Americans, find a way of mockering the federal census system.
In the box where we are supposed to register our individual race (that we belong to), most Puerto Ricans check "white", regardless if we are from Loíza (which has our highest concentration of blacks).
In the U.S.(and according to the Black codes, Code Noir or Códigos Negros, from the slavery days) if a person had "one drop of Black blood" he/she was considered Black.
We, in our islands, changed all that (when Spanish Black Codes were forbidden). Nowadays, if a person has only "one drop of White blood", we consider hir/her White. LOL, ha, hahahaha...
How do you like that?
The U.S. can't believe their eyes, with an island full of mulatos, all of us consider ourselves WHITE (just for the heck of it). We are different from the mainland and want (everybody to know, that we intend) to keep it that way...
LOL
Jorge
If you ask me, under which race I classify myself- well, it's either "other" or "multiracial" for I am proud even of my Neanderthal ancestors....LOL
When I go to Europe, for ex. Rome-I think-"my ancestors built this". When I visit any island in the Caribbean (and watch how many Blacks make up most of over the 40 million plus of the Basin's population) I burst with pride, on how many "we-Blacks" are.
The last time I went to the oldest Sinagogue in the Western Hemisphere (which is in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas), I couldn't feel more proud of how (my Jewish ancestors) were able to make it in the New World, etc...It's a lot of fun, trying to figure out where is I come from (from what "stock" I'm made off). LOL
!Que vivan los mulatos y la grande mexcla!
Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#54 Sep 11, 2009
MICHELLE D wrote:
<quoted text> I am north of Phillie..
I have never had a problem in Phillie nor have I had a problem in any of the redneck towns in P.A..
But where I live te digo que son demasiado.
I lived in Alabama for seven years and never experienced the kind of racism and hate that I experienced in Philly at the hands of Whites.
Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#55 Sep 11, 2009
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
How come?
¿A qué se debe eso?
Jorge
The entire city was polarized. During the time that I lived there, you could draw a map of where all of the Blacks lived and where all of the Whites lived. The city was almost evenly divided between the Black and White sections. White flight (or should I say "fright") was still in progress and is so to this day. Puerto Ricans were stuck somewhere in the middle of the chaos. There were instances where Puerto Rican homes were vandalized (fire bombed, windows broken out and houses spray painted, cross burnings, Puerto Ricans beaten up by White gangs, etc). It was terrible.
Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#56 Sep 11, 2009
MICHELLE D wrote:
<quoted text> I am north of Phillie..
I have never had a problem in Phillie nor have I had a problem in any of the redneck towns in P.A..
But where I live te digo que son demasiado.
What are they doing to you?
TJM

Mattawan, MI

#57 Sep 11, 2009
are there people consider themselves:

Boricua/Americans???

“DIRTY BIRDY”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#58 Sep 11, 2009
Prexplorer wrote:
<quoted text>
What are they doing to you?

Where should I start..
The day after I moved in to this house exhausted
from the move I am sitting out back with my morning coffee only to be greeted by my racist neighbor yelling at the top of his lungs how puerto ricans are no good drug dealing welfare recipients..I don't know about him but where I come from welfare doesn't buy you a house..Y mucho que me costo esta casa..
Of course against my better judgement I ignored the idiot.
We have gotten into battles over the years.
I threatned to cut him up and bury him in my yard..lol
I have had to call the police which in turn have told me that I should consider moving.
I wound up taking the issue straight to the chief.I do not take racism lightly and no one especially an officer of the law should tell me to move. The officer was relocated and the rest of the dept has been very nice but I think they have learned que esta Puertorra no es pendeja.
I have had idiots question where my daughter gets the white from considering I look so Puerto rican.(Their words not mine)
I have been complimented on how well I speak English and have been asked where did I learn it.
UH HELLO!!! I was born here idiots!!lol
Prexplorer

Phoenixville, PA

#59 Sep 11, 2009
MICHELLE D wrote:
<quoted text>
Where should I start..
The day after I moved in to this house exhausted
from the move I am sitting out back with my morning coffee only to be greeted by my racist neighbor yelling at the top of his lungs how puerto ricans are no good drug dealing welfare recipients..I don't know about him but where I come from welfare doesn't buy you a house..Y mucho que me costo esta casa..
Of course against my better judgement I ignored the idiot.
We have gotten into battles over the years.
I threatned to cut him up and bury him in my yard..lol
I have had to call the police which in turn have told me that I should consider moving.
I wound up taking the issue straight to the chief.I do not take racism lightly and no one especially an officer of the law should tell me to move. The officer was relocated and the rest of the dept has been very nice but I think they have learned que esta Puertorra no es pendeja.
I have had idiots question where my daughter gets the white from considering I look so Puerto rican.(Their words not mine)
I have been complimented on how well I speak English and have been asked where did I learn it.
UH HELLO!!! I was born here idiots!!lol
Wow. They should have arrested that fool. Did you know that the states and the Federal government consider that sort of treatment as racial harrassment and the individual should have been arrested and prosecuted. If it happens again, call the State Attorney General's Office or the FBI.

Here's my story. I moved out of Philly because I could take no more of it. I moved to a New Jersey suburb. I bought a single house in a quiet tree-lined street. I had a contractor friend of mine come over and appraise the house to make sure it was structurally sound, because it did need some work (new kitchen, windows, professionally painted on the exterior, etc., etc.). He told me it was a great buy, so I purchased the house and renovated it, spending lots of cash and made it an asset to the community.

The neighbor across the street came over and asked me if I was "Italian or Puerto Rican". I knew then that he was a racist. From then on I had problems with him. He had called the police on me for frivolous reasons (once when one of the contractors working on my house partially blocked his driveway and he wasn't going anywhere). Most of the other neighbors refused to even say "hello" to me. Coincidentally, I was single at the time and my mother and sister moved in with me, because it was a 5 bedroom house. He was telling the neighbors that we were drug dealers and unbeknown to us, called the police on us and told them the same thing. In any case, the police came on our street everyday and kept an eye on our activities, our phones were tapped. The neighbor next door to me was constantly asking me where I worked and was suspicious of us because of the bufoon across the street slandering my good name. I became quite incensed at this whole thing when it came to light, but I kept my composure and assured my family that in time it would come to nought and the buffoon would be made to look like an idiot. To make a long story short, the police stopped their surveillance and informed him to stop calling them. With that, he started his own investigation, keeping an eye out on us daily and even following my sister to a friend's house in an isolated neighborhood some distance away. I just laughed at his stupidity and ignored him until I got married and moved away some years later.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#60 Sep 11, 2009
TJM wrote:
are there people consider themselves:
Boricua/Americans???
No, here in the islands is one or the other (and it is the same with stateside Boricuas).

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