When a Puerto Rican Wins the Powerball

When a Puerto Rican wins the Powerball, it’s time to invoke the second amendment and load our guns. That is the message that went out when a $564 million Powerball lottery was held on February 11 and one of the three winning tickets was sold in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Almost immediately, Latino Rebels reported a national spate of offensive tweets, which were soon picked up global outlets such as NBC News, Buzzfeed and The Daily Mail, to name a few. Some of the more memorable ones:

“It’s completely outrageous someone from Puerto Rico won the Powerball, thought this was America!”

“Puerto Rico won the Powerball? Thanks, Obama.”

“Since when could you win a Powerball jackpot in Puerto Rico? Don’t they use the Euro as currency?”

Other tweets were written in language too offensive, or grammatically inept, to print. The legality of Powerball in Puerto Rico is beyond question: the island is a U.S. territory, and its inhabitants are U.S. citizens. But the animus behind these tweets —particularly the unprintable ones— indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the U.S.

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Let’s try to correct that.

The U.S. “liberated” Puerto Rico from Spain in 1898. Later that same year, Hurricane San Ciriaco destroyed thousands of the island’s farms and nearly the entire year’s coffee crop. Of 50 million pounds, only five million were saved.

American hurricane relief was bizarre. The U.S. government sent no money.  Instead, the following year it outlawed all Puerto Rican currency and declared the island’s peso, whose international value was equal to the  U.S. dollar, to be worth only sixty American cents. Every Puerto Rican lost 40% of his or her money overnight.

In 1901, the U.S. passed the Hollander Act, which raised the taxes on every farmer in Puerto Rico.

With higher taxes, crippled farms, and 40% less cash, the farmers had to borrow money from U.S. banks. But with no usury law restrictions, interest rates were so high that within a decade, the farmers defaulted on their loans and the banks foreclosed on their land.

The U.S., which was undergoing its industrial revolution, then turned a diversified island harvest (coffee, tobacco, sugar, and fruit) into a one-crop, cash-cow economy.

By 1930, all of Puerto Rico’s sugar farms belonged to 41 syndicates. 80% of these were U.S.-owned and the largest four syndicates —Central Guánica, South Puerto Rico, Fajardo Sugar and East Puerto Rico Sugar— were entirely U.S.-owned and covered over half the island’s arable land.

With no money, crops or land, Puerto Ricans sought work in the cities. When the Puerto Rican legislature enacted a minimum-wage law like the one in America, the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. This decision was reached despite AFL-CIO President Samuel Gompers’ testimony that “the salaries paid to Puerto Ricans are now less than 50% what they received from the Spanish.”

To make matters worse, U.S. finished products —from rubber bands to radios— were priced 15% to 20% higher on the island than the mainland. Again, Puerto Rico was powerless to enact any price-fixing legislation.

Today, U.S. federal agencies control Puerto Rico’s foreign relations, customs, immigration, postal system, radio, TV, transportation, Social Security, military, maritime laws, banks, commerce, currency and defense. That’s without the people of Puerto Rico having a vote in U.S. elections.

The U.S. did give Puerto Ricans one gift. Over the objection of the Puerto Rican legislature, Puerto Ricans were declared U.S. citizens in 1917, just in time for military conscription into World War I.

For decades, the extent of military control over the island was particularly striking. No one could drive five miles in any direction without running into an Army base, nuclear site or tracking station. The Pentagon controlled 13% of Puerto Rico’s land and operated five atomic missile bases.

The island of Vieques, after 62 years of non-stop bombing, resembled an asteroid more than an island. From 1984 through 1998, over 1,300 warships and 4,200 aircraft used the island for target practice, and pounded it with 80 million pounds of ordnance. In 1998 alone, 23,000 bombs were dropped on Vieques.

In 2014, the U.S. Congress finally recognized the 65th Infantry Regiment —also known as the Borinqueneers for their service in every U.S. conflict since World War I. In Korea, Vietnam and Iraq, this service meant disproportionately high casualties and deaths, since the Borinqueneers were frequently – and sometimes maliciously – assigned to the front lines. The Borinqueneers received the Congressional Gold Medal for the blood they spilled, while defending America.

It is thus clear that when a Puerto Rican pays for a lottery ticket and manages to win, that person has nothing to be ashamed about. They are not a second-class lottery winner… or a second-class citizen.

It is equally clear that the U.S. public education system has some serious holes in it, when a nation so sadly misunderstands eight million of its own citizens.

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Nelson A. Denis is a former New York State Assemblyman and author of the upcoming book, War Against All Puerto Ricans.

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lucianoortizcruz
lucianoortizcruz

Raúl and many US citizens do not know that Puerto Rico exists, where it exists and the relationship with USA. Raúl and US citizens do not know the history of Puerto Rico and the US colonial relationship with the island. They do not know the different contributions of Puerto Ricans to his nation, from WWI to Afghanistan, economics, arts, sports, education, health, etc. They do not know that Puerto Ricans are US citizens, fight in their wars and pay federal taxes. They do not know that Puerto Ricans are not entitled to vote for the President of USA. No representation no taxation. But do pay federal taxes and much more than you may know. Do not bother with my English, I speak, write, read and understand it as a third language, because I have no need for it as a first language.

lucianoortizcruz
lucianoortizcruz

Raul Castillo no longer have arguments to defend their position and now wants to find another argument to tarnish what being Puerto Rican.


Raul Castillo
Raul Castillo

Did you know that on Puerto Rican pride day in NYC, locals flee the city as to not be subjected to the obnoxiousness that comes so naturally to them. They are loud, dirty, violent, often high or on drugs, and urinate / dedicate in the streets. They can all go to hell.

Rambo3670
Rambo3670

@Raul Castillo What an obnoxious moron you are, Mr. Raul Castillo. First go learn the real facts about the Puerto Rican Day parade and then memorize them well. Then go teach them to your children so they will grow up to be productive members of society - and given them a chance to break the perpetual moronic cycle that seems to crown your ignorance. The subject here is the Powerball!!! - not the Puerto Rican Day parade. What a stupid moron!

MiguelAngelDiaz
MiguelAngelDiaz

The Irish are much worst but still we embrace them or any other culture that accepts us. And no one leaves so your just spreading lies. We are superior to your dying type and within your death throws you just want to go out with a bang using the Puerto Ricans. Too bad you lost.Your just to dumb to realize this. A tip... Buy a rope, your smart you can figure out the rest.

Yatusabes
Yatusabes

Clean up & shut up! While I continue to circulate my currency to keep you protected from your own ignorance & idiotic statements views.

ctrini1949
ctrini1949

Were United Citizen ?.......Then why do our folks on the Island can not vote for President....? Why isn't there no representative with a vote in the House or Senate?.....But yet we have been in American Wars since WW1..What your article omits to say we are a "Colony of the United States " with limited powers of self government...Less then given to Micronesia...We need change..


Jeffrey Ray
Jeffrey Ray

My comment is for all US Citizens and for all the  School Districts in the Main Land, ie, USA

.  Puerto Rico as a Settlement it is the Oldest settlement under the US Flag.  US  was colonized by a myriad of Ethnic Groups. The same movement arrived to Puerto Rico and still coming. Please correct your curriculums, text books, Etc.


The bottom line  is that  we are all members of the Human Race and we need to hold hands together before our Modern Society collapses. 


Prejudices and Discrimination is a sign of Flagrant Ignorance!

HectorHSanchez
HectorHSanchez

Tanta ignorancia si no conocen de PR a estas alturas que se queden bruto..La envidia se los come por dentro..


MiguelAngelDiaz
MiguelAngelDiaz

Where exactly are you getting these statistics from Raul? The Klan? I will end this argument by asking you to inquire within NASA and see for yourself that of all Hispanics working there at least 75% of the are from Puerto Rico or of Puerto Rican decent. Further more judging from your statements written here it is very likely that you are just a sad little troll with a very pathetic existence. I only urge everyone here not to listen to you and just sit back and enjoy you as your inbreeding continues to show. GOD Bless. 

MiguelAngelDiaz
MiguelAngelDiaz

Who mentioned astronauts? You can read right? Your inbreeding is still showing Raul.

Raul Castillo
Raul Castillo

Of NASA's 833 astronauts, 11 of them are Hispanic or 1%. Of those 11, only one has Puerto Rican descent (born in the USA). Technically, NASA never had a Puerto Rican astronaut. If you count the one who was born in the USA, then one tenth of one percent of NASA's astronauts are "Puerto Rican". Congratulations.

AnnieRodriguezAlamo
AnnieRodriguezAlamo

@MiguelAngelDiaz Miguel, this one it's just another "hater" that wish he could be us!!! 😂 ignorant? No! Haters yes!!! He talk all this about us, cuz we have what he wish in his wild dreams to be, a USA citizen since birth like us, so you see my dear boricua brother, don't waste your precious time in this tostaó that only want attention. We Puerto Rican know who we are, an how many Puerto Rican had died since the USA enter our island! Freedom it's not free!! An either our USA citizen.. !!!!  I don't waste my precious time, in haters like this one mi hermano. So el puede write any thing he want about what I just said to you. Cuz as I said; I would not waste more of my precious time, in wanna be like this one!!!  😂 😂 😂  I'M PROUD TO BE BORN IN BORINQUEN BELLA!!! AN PROUD TO HAVE WHAT MANY PUERTO RICAN BROTHERS & NOW ALSO SISTERS TOO, PAID WITH THE BLOOD IN SO MANY WAR; MY USA CITIZEN!!!

Raul Castillo
Raul Castillo

Funny how the article fails to mention that PR pays absolutly nothing in federal income tax. Forget about the fact that most Puerto Ricans in America are loud and obnoxious, lazy, on welfare, and lag behind other Hispanic groups in every index of economic and social progress. Puerto Ricans have the highest rate of mental illness than any other ethnic group, drug and alcohol abuse account for 1 in every 5 deaths between ages of 15-44, puerto rican children are the most likely to be placed in foster care and remain there the longest compared to blacks and whites. The irony is that they all act like they are God's gift to Earth. Puerto Ricans are worthless parasites. Lotto or no lotto.

luckypzz
luckypzz

@Raul Castillo All i see coming from you  is envy and hate, cause PUERTORICANS are better than you,maybe you and your family are illegal in this country and hate to accept that Puertorican are americans.

Raul Castillo
Raul Castillo

More proof they think they are God's gift. Thank you.

Raul Castillo
Raul Castillo

Denying reality is not only ignorant, it does disservice to Puerto Ricans to pretend there isn't a problem. I would implore you to do some research, but I suspect you are Puerto Rican yourself. Research shows that only 30% of you graduate highschool and 16% of that 30% continue on to college.

SandraLopez1
SandraLopez1

@Raul Castillo Have you read the article???? We have paid taxes in advance, enough to pay in this life and the next, and that's the only reason the US government is 'so good' to us.


identidad
identidad

Would you so kindly expose and reference the study, paper or website your "facts" come from?? Puerto Rico is one island The United States of America is formed by 50 states some bigger than our little island. Regards and have a nice day...!

Frank Serrano
Frank Serrano

@Raul Castillo You sound like a worthless piece of shit. You Are using a Spanish name  so you can bring us down with all the lies you  stated  about Puerto Ricans . Maybe  If a  Dot head won the lotto it will make you happy. Go back to the rock you crawled out of.

ktine426
ktine426

@luckypzz @Raul Castillo  "maybe you and your family are illegal in this country and hate to accept that Puertorican are americans."


Dont play into his/her trolling, they're more than likely not even hispanic. Dont play into their racism.

Rambo3670
Rambo3670

@lucianoortizcruz @Raul Castillo

In summary, the chart “Flujo de Dinero Entre EE. UU. y Puerto Rico: En Millones de Dolares” shows that in the exchange of funds between the two countries Puerto Rico ends us paying the US Treasury a net yearly balance of $43 billions – yes, “billions” with ‘b’; that is, $43,000 millions every year.

Those $43,000 millions/yr come to $118 millions daily, which represents approximately the amount that the Puerto Rican who bought the lotto ticket in Barrio Coto Laurel, Ponce, won in that Powerball game.

Read that again: Puerto Rico deposits a net $118 million EVERY DAY into the US Treasury.

Rambo3670
Rambo3670

@Raul Castillo

What an utter ignorant this Mr. Raul Castillo is! The reason that scholarly article doesn't mention your stupid argument is because it is not true. And his words are a reflection of the utter ignorance of the bulk majority of Americans who, political indoctrination since elementary school, know nothing but to repeat the same stupidity he is repeating here.

Facts: Puerto Rico is a separate taxing entity from the USA and its income tax rates are set independently. As a result of tax laws – both federal and state – only some residents of Puerto Rico there pay federal income taxes (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-06-541), but this is, of course, the same situation as in the US mainland where only some residents pay federal income taxes.

In addition to these federal income taxes paid by some Puerto Ricans, every Puerto Rican in Puerto Rico must still pay all other federal taxes: customs taxes – which are subsequently returned to the Puerto Rico Treasury –(http://www.doi.gov/oia/Islandpages/prpage.htm ), import/export taxes (http://stanford.wellsphere.com/healthcare-industry-policy-article/puerto-rico/267827 ), federal commodity taxes (http://stanford.wellsphere.com/healthcare-industry-policy-article/puerto-rico/267827 ), social security taxes (http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc903.html IRS.gov ), etc.

Puerto Rican pay federal payroll taxes, such as Social Security taxes (http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc903.html IRS.gov) and Medicare (http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE58N5X320090924 ), as well as, of course, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico income taxes (http://www.puertorico-herald.org/issues/2003/vol7n19/USNotInnocent-en.html and http://www.htrcpa.com/businessinpr1.html HTRCPA.com). Also, all Puerto Rico federal employees (http://www.heritage.org/research/taxes/wm2338.cfm), Puerto Ricans or Puerto Rican businesses doing business with the federal government (http://www.mcvpr.com/CM/CurrentEvents/CEOsummitarticle.pdf), Puerto Rico-based corporations that intend to send funds to the U.S. (http://www.jct.gov/x-24-06.pdf , p. 9, # 1), and some others (such as Puerto Ricans that are members of the U.S. military, {http://www.heritage.org/research/taxes/wm2338.cfm } and Puerto Ricans who earned income from sources outside Puerto Rico, {http://www.jct.gov/x-24-06.pdf , pp 14-15}) must also pay federal income taxes.

As if this federal tax brutality wasn’t enough, because the cutoff point for income taxation is lower per Puerto Rican state law than the cutoff point in the U.S. per the U.S. IRS code, and because the per-capita income in Puerto Rico is much lower than the average per-capita income on the mainland, more Puerto Rico residents pay income taxes to the local taxation authority than if the IRS code were applied to the island. This occurs because "the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico government has a wider set of responsibilities than do U.S. State and local governments." (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-06-541 ).

Furthermore, residents of Puerto Rico pay into the Social Security, and thus Puerto Ricans are eligible for Social Security benefits upon retirement. However, Puerto Ricans are excluded from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). That is, Puerto Rico residents, unlike residents of the 50 States, do not receive the SSI (http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.21/handbook-2114.html), and Puerto Rico actually receives less than 15% of the Medicaid funding it would normally receive if it were a U.S. state. However, Medicare providers in Puerto Rico receive less-than-full state-like reimbursements for services rendered to beneficiaries in Puerto Rico even though the latter paid fully into the system (http://www.prfaa.com/news/?p=252 ). In general, many federal social welfare programs have been extended to Puerto Rican residents, although usually with caps inferior to those allocated to the states. (Sanford Levinson and Bartholomew H. Sparrow. “The Louisiana Purchase and American Expansion: 1803-1898.” New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 2005. p.167 and, for a greater coverage of federal programs made extensive to Puerto Rico, see Richard Cappalli's “Federal Aid to Puerto Rico” (1970)).

Further yet, it has also been estimated that, because the population of the Island is greater than that of 50% of the States (http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2007/mar07/07-03-28.html), if it were a state, Puerto Rico would have six to eight seats in the House, in addition to the two seats in the Senate. (http://www.eagleforum.org/column/2007/mar07/07-03-28.html , http://www.crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-17-4-c.html# ) and (http://www.thomas.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/?&sid=cp1109rs5H&refer=&r_n=hr597.110 ,"House Report 110-597 -Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007.").

Another misconception is that the import/export taxes collected by the U.S. on products manufactured in Puerto Rico are all returned to the Puerto Rico Treasury. This is not the case. Such import/export taxes are returned *only* for rum products, and even then the US Treasury keeps a portion of those taxes (“House Report 110-597 - Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007”.)

In addition, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico also pays into the US Treasury as a country/territory. For example, in 2009, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico paid $3.742 billion into the US Treasury(http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/09db05co.xls IRS Gross Collections, by Type of Tax and State, Fiscal year 2009.)

So, Mr. Ignorant Know-it-All Raul Castillo, now that you know the facts do yourself a favor and teach them to your children so they can grow a bit more capable than his daddy.

AdrianEstebanRuiz
AdrianEstebanRuiz

First of all, American owned superstores and enterprises have all dominated the local industries. Federal gov. Aprox... $70,000,000,000 comes from Puerto Rico through different branches. How much do you think the feds give to PR? Secondly, what type of mental illness? Post dramatic stress disorder, bipolarity, depression. It seems to me that have US States have had more massacres, lynchings, and suicides than puerto Rican population. They might have 1/5 child deaths due to racial, and drug violence in white and black America. I'm not saying there aren't lazy and obnoxious ones but to generalize over all... maybe you should educate yourself as to what the fed. Gov actually does down here.

sonlarc
sonlarc

Raul you need to learn how to do research......if anything Puerto Ricans have always made contributions to this country! Further more for your information PR graduate high school and college is over 50% on the island! You much be South America, Central America, Dominican Republic, Cuba, or Mexico. .....cause when people like you speak that way is because they are haters cause you all need A Green Card or Visa to come to America and WE DONT! THAT MAKE A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY MAD.

IF ANYTHING YOU NEED TO SHUT UP! CAUSE WE HAVE PAVED THE WAY FOR YOU TO BE HERE!

THAT is the problem with Hispanics/ Latinos if we all got along we could be a great force!

Further more you people d on like PR but when you want to become an American you marry a Puerto Rican.....then we are good enough........PR suffered racism long before your kind. We have faught......the battles for you to enjoy a country where you can have running water, toilet, sewer, and a house with a roof top. So check your resources brother cause you are way off........OH AND DONT COME BACK SAY ING YOU ARE PR JUST TO COVER YOUR STUPIDITY! Because if you were PR you would have known your facts and figures. So check yourself cause you just made your kind look stupid!

SandraLopez1
SandraLopez1

@HectorHSanchez @Raul Castillo lol, maybe he also read the article about the perfect human being Puertorican and cant deal with the envy! We are indeed God's gift to humanity and we can even win the lotto!!!

lucianoortizcruz
lucianoortizcruz

Raul do not know that Puerto Rico exists, where it exists and the relationship with USA.

DanCooperatpeace
DanCooperatpeace

I wouldn't care if the whole world played, or who won, as long as it's a fair game.

RichardMaldonado
RichardMaldonado

Saludos a todos los Boricuas de la tierra del encanto.  Siempre hay personas que nos envidian por que somos los unicos latinos que tenemos la libertad de ir y venir a los Estados Unidos.  Y tener privilegios que otros no tienen. Yo naci en Santurce, (condado).  Servi en las fuerzas armadas, y orgullosos de mis raices puertorriquenas. My companera es americana de New Jersey,  y tiene la cultura boricua en su sangre.  Vivimos en la Florida y bailamos salsa ycocinamos arroz con gandules juntos.  Ella defiende a los Boricuas como si fueran de su sangre. Estamos orgullosos del uno al otro y nunca hablamos mal de su raza o de la mia.  Somos seres humanos humildes y amistosos y le abrimos las puertas a todos ustedes.  Paz para todos y los quiero por igual.

NYboricuaFL
NYboricuaFL

Can't type...to busy clapping. Well said, well written...well done!  Soy boricua de FL via NY

bwdn2008
bwdn2008

 Puerto Ricans are Natives of the Americas, and were part of this Colony long before Europeans arrived. The Marines invaded Puerto Rico because of its strategic position.  America also invaded and occupied Hawaii before forcing them into Statehood. Now when you go to Hawaii the Natives there are either gone or living in poverty. Native Americans have at least 20,000 years of living in the America's before Colonization. Columbus found a people thriving in a pristine environment where no one was sick, homeless, or hungry. They quickly changed that by bringing sickness to the people and environmental disaster to the land.  Natives traveled throughout the Caribbean, in North and South America. My Native Ancestors were from Columbia South America, but they were slaves in Columbia South Carolina. They had languages before Europeans arrived and a culture which was lost not through choice but force. I see all of the peoples of the Americas as the First Families. I hope more people win the lottery and come to the US from our neighbors to the South. You are not immigrants you are the First Families and you don't owe an apology to anyone!

MiguelAngelDiaz
MiguelAngelDiaz

@bwdn2008  I know, it is a shame that our entire culture was put to waste and lost because of an inferior pale race who's only attribute was greed. Sadly I have a direct cultural connection to these raiders in my veins and we all must make the best of it by admitting to this and making up for it through recognition. I will never forget that I have lineage to the superior Taino race.

Legna627
Legna627

I like this and it is true what you saying and they are doing the same to Puerto Rico. But what goes around comes around. I just got back from Puerto Rico 3 days ago. Most of its are uneducated about what a beautiful island we have. The youth don't see or protect what we have.

Lagueadisima
Lagueadisima

Latino Rebels y escriben en inglés? Cuán rebeldes pueden ser si usan el idioma de sus colonizadores? La primera libertad es la del lenguaje, piénsenlo! Saludos desde Argentina y que viva Puerto Rico LIBRE!

lucianoortizcruz
lucianoortizcruz

@Lagueadisima Friend, Don Pedro Albizu Campo said once that the beast (USA) had to know it from his guts. If you do not know the language of your enemy, culture and psyche, how you can fight. In the fight for freedom you fight on all fronts available, we are also in the XXI century, cannon, rifle and bayonet, were changed by the verb, democratic processes and diplomatic strategies. From strength to strength we are at a disadvantage, but intellect and reasoning we are in advantage as we assists us the truth.

GilbertFlorens
GilbertFlorens

@LuisVazquez  Su apellido es por imposicion? Vazquez....espanol....no quiero pensar que todo fue impuesto en su familia y que sus padres le impusieron el espanol a usted

GilbertFlorens
GilbertFlorens

@lucianoortizcruz @Lagueadisima @LuisVazquez  No es dificil imponer un idioma cuando uno es superior al otro...en historia, en palabras, en conceptos, en escritura, en libros, en fin que el idioma de los indigenas no estaba escrito, que muchas de las palabras que usarian en el future tendrian que haber sido tomadas prestadas del espanol de todas formas pq a lo sumo los indios tainos solo sabian o tenian palabras para describer su primitiva forma de vida....era solo natural que un idioma dominara al otro...este romanticism que se tiene con los indios tainos tiene que acabar....los espanoles si estuvieron en Guerra con los indios tainos pero se mezclaron con ellos y el genoma Boricua lo demuestra, las enfermedades que trajeron de Europa diezmaron a muchos de ellos, asi es la raza humana...aun asi es mucho mejor que lo que hizo EU que entrado el siglo XX se enfrasco en guerras para masacrar los indios y quitarles sus tierras y plasmarlo orgullosamente en peliculas...el mismo general Miles que vino vendiendo democracia a PR despues de la invasion de 1898 fue el autor condecorado de la massacre de los indios Sioux en 1891

mariata
mariata

@Lagueadisima 

Esta página es de Estados Unidos, creada por latinos que viven y nacieron allá en Estados Unidos y por ende utilizan el inglés como primer idioma porque se han formado en ese país anglosajón. No es una página de Puerto Rico, en la isla el español es el idioma del país.

Cuco
Cuco

@Lagueadisima Atiende so collera, el reportaje está escrito para el lector angloparlante ósea al gringo. Pero como vas a entenderlo si solo hablas un español descoñetao, hablan como si tuvieran un plátano en la boca. Aprende a hablar primero el español y tal vez puedas comentar. Nosotros como Boricuas hablamos 2 idiomas, sean impuestos o no, nos gusta y entramos y salimos a los EU cuando nos da la gana. "SUCH IS LIFE". Lo que tengamos que resolver lo resolvemos nosotros y lo que decidamos lo decidimos nosotros, no una sarta de acomplejados con aires de europeos. Gracias a uno como tú, que se metió en Cuba pidiendo su libertad, Cuba está como está. Empobrecida sin libertad, gritando Cuba Libre de la boca hacia afuera. "SUCH IS LIFE"”.  

LuisVazquez
LuisVazquez

Hablamos español por imposición como todos los hispanos de Las Américas, pero hablamos ingles por opción. Lo de que somos colonia es una mentira generalizada, Puerto Rico es propiamente una provincia de EU pero claro, de tanto que se trilla una idea, se le acepta. Los puertorriqueños ya somos libres, seríamos presos cuando nos encerráramos en una isla en contra de la voluntad del pueblo. Debe saber que solo un 3% de la población de PR ha favorecido alguna vez la opción de separación, pero ese grupito suele hablar "mal representando" la mayoría de la gente acá. De hecho en más de tres ocasiones el partido que los representa no ha llegado a tener suficientes votantes como para prevalecer. Saludos desde Puerto Rico.

RebeccaFigueroaLeon
RebeccaFigueroaLeon

"Today, U.S. federal agencies control Puerto Rico’s foreign relations, customs, immigration, postal system, radio, TV, transportation, Social Security, military, maritime laws, banks, commerce, currency and defense. That’s without the people of Puerto Rico having a vote in U.S. elections." Aqui no se esta hablando de no tener patria, se esta hablando economicamente, el Puerto Riqueno paga los impuestos como, Seguro Social, commercio, militar. En otras palabras, tenemos el derecho de entrar y salir, sin problemas.

lucianoortizcruz
lucianoortizcruz

@Lagueadisima @LuisVazquez  Claro, si no quieres considerar que los españoles le impusieron el idioma español a los nativos americanos que ya estaban aquí cuando ellos llegaron.

 

lucianoortizcruz
lucianoortizcruz

@GilbertFlorens @lucianoortizcruz @Lagueadisima @LuisVazquez El echo que los españoles cunado llegaron a nuevo continente e impusieran su idioma si así lo queremos llamar y no entendiera el idioma de los nativos, no quiere decir que el idioma de los nativos fuera inferior que el de los españoles. Pues si no tenían necesidad de tener una palabra para definir un concepto que no existía para ello eso no lo hace inferior o ausente de vocablo o contextos.

Lagueadisima
Lagueadisima

@LuisVazquez Bueno...que yo sepa en América latina nadie habla español por imposición, es más en toda América latina el idioma ES el español por tradición, por historia, y eso no es imposición, son raíces En mi país al menos, amamos nuestro idioma y es nuestro orgullo. Es muy triste leer esa falta de amor a su patria... Yo no podría jurar lealtad a otra bandera que no fuera la mía, ni luchar por otra nación que no fuera la mía...triste...muy triste...

FernandoVelez1
FernandoVelez1

Muy cierto lo q dices.COLONIA. porque la contitucion y las leyes de la metropolis son las q prevalencen.

identidad
identidad

Such Lack of education, knowledge, history,facts and owned opinions... para hablarle en lenguaje popular y sensillo... lease pal eh libros pa' que este claro y entienda quien es Puerto Rico.... digo si es que vive en Puerto Rico?

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