So it is official: the Puerto Rican national baseball team is playing the United States national baseball team tonight from Los Angeles for the World Baseball Classic championship. As expected, Puerto Rico’s amazing undefeated run is filling the U.S. colony (yes, colony) with pride, as the #LosNuestros hashtag shows. And even though we do wonder who pro-statehood governor will be rooting for tonight, the Boricuas’ WBC success has been a positive story at a time of fiscal control boards and austerity measures.
Nonetheless, it also comes a NO SURPRISE to us that the news of the Puerto Rico-USA game has also brought out (yet again) the CLUELESS IGNORANCE from Americans regarding Puerto Rico. Just like clockwork, these views have already come out and we expect it to be much worse tonight. Here is just a sample of what these “educated” Americans are sharing with the world.
This Guy From FOX Sports and Others
Puerto Rico is a US sovereign state so I just want to be the first to congratulate the USA for beating the USA in the WBC championship
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) March 22, 2017
— Thom Moffitt ن (@thmoffitt) March 22, 2017
Why does Puerto Rico get its own baseball team in the world baseball classic? Aren't they all Americans? #justaterritory
— Knox (@KnoxBogdan) March 22, 2017
— Kevin Breer (@kbreer) March 21, 2017
— Bill Roberts (@BROB4) March 22, 2017
Why does Puerto Rico have their own team in the World Baseball Classic, Olympics, etc?
Why can't Texas?
— Lyle Lanley (@Lyle_MF_Lanley) March 18, 2017
What a game. Cant wait to watch the final tomorrow. Not sure why Puerto Rico is separate from the rest of the US tho
— Will Hensley (@willhensley33) March 22, 2017
If Puerto Rico is part of the US why are they two different teams in the WBC? pic.twitter.com/guQXcrTg1t
— ☘️ Slick Mick ☘️ (@Sounds_good_bro) March 22, 2017
I'm not sure why USA is even playing Puerto Rico like they're not our fake citizens . DR should've played us as a whole team lol
— _________ (@PilotAdot) March 22, 2017
Why not just make Puerto Rico a state and declare ourselves champions? This isn't hard. https://t.co/NqEO69C50i
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) March 22, 2017
So the USA is playing Puerto Rico in the WBC final. Why did we send two teams? #alreadychamps
— Erik Simper (@esimper) March 22, 2017
Oh Yeah, the Trump Racism Is Also Showing Up
— Vegas4Trump (@trump2016fan) March 18, 2017
— Anna Maria Perez⭐ (@A_M_Perez) March 18, 2017
How to Respond? How About This Tweet?
i find annoying when americans only claim puerto rico when we're winning something but then call us puerto rican "immigrants"
— v (@victorianayeliz) March 22, 2017
Listen, all you USA supporters. There is a deep and complex and violent and painful history between Puerto Rico and the United States. Maybe you should be a bit more informed about this history before you let your feelings get all hurt because the Boricuas have their own team and have already defeated the U.S. last week and have a very good chance of winning again. And if Puerto Rico wins tonight, we expect more of the simplistic same. It’s not like the mainstream media already believes that Puerto Rico is a “Third-World country.”
Get over it.