Identity a Possible Roadblock to Statehood

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Mar 20, 2013
 
Identity a Possible Roadblock to Statehood

In the previous three votes on Puerto Rico’s status, statehood has lost every time. Many credit this to Puerto Rico’s strong cultural identity.

“I think maybe the explanation on why statehood has lost three plebiscites is perhaps the feeling that; okay I want the connection to the U.S. because of U.S. dollars, the U.S. passport, but I still want to be Puerto Rican and statehood could really be the end of that,” said Juan Manuel Carrion, professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

Manuel says that the Puerto Rican government has failed to preserve the island’s distinctive cultural identity since the 1950s, and this could be the result of the territory’s pending political status.

“All their effort is to be more and more like the U.S., and they know this strong Puerto Rican ethno-national identity is their main obstacle to achieve statehood,” he said.“So their whole purpose is to destroy that.”

Luis Lopez Salgado, a student at the University of Puerto Rico, says that he feels statehood could be dangerous to the Puerto Rican identity.

“I think there is going to be a lot of whitewashing of the culture that we have,” Lopez said.“I think kind of a deleting of our own identity and who we are as a people.”

Manuel says that Americans’ effort to brand the United States as a place of multiculturalism is forced and hypocritical.

“If they really accepted diversity, than they would accept Puerto Rico just as it is,” Manuel said,“But that’s really impossible, because to accept Puerto Rico as it is would be the U.S. accepting a transformation, a change in the very definition of what is America.”

Manuel says that if the U.S. is to accept Puerto Rico as it is and allow it to become the 51st state, then it may show that other culturally distinctive, Spanish-speaking states can exist within the United States.

“I think Americans have reason to worry that, that might be too much of a disunity, a possible break-up of the U.S. because the ethnic factor just cannot be tamed, just cannot disappear by decree,” he said.

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Mar 20, 2013
 
The United States is a changing nation, the old Anglo United States is dead. We are well along the path to becoming a mixed Anglo & Hispanic nation.
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Mar 20, 2013
 
Brainiac2 wrote:
Identity a Possible Roadblock to Statehood...
You lost your identity, that's the reason you're living in a US state.

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Mar 22, 2013
 
Wanting to have the cake and eat it too isn't very realistic.
Jorge

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Mar 22, 2013
 
Brainiac2 wrote:
Wanting to have the cake and eat it too isn't very realistic.
Magic realism.

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Mar 22, 2013
 
Jorge wrote:
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Magic realism.
Wishful thinking leaves obstacles intact and causes us to tilt at windmills.

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