Latino USA Presents: Why Ricky Resigned

Aug 2, 2019
8:51 AM
Originally published at Latino USA

Protesters demonstrate against Ricardo Rosselló, the Governor of Puerto Rico on July 19, 2019 in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

On July 7, Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo “Ricky” Rosselló, was on vacation in France when messages from a private group chat were leaked. That was the beginning of a rough week for Rosselló. In the next few days, more messages were leaked, containing homophobic and sexist comments written by the governor. Weeks later, he announced his resignation.

Latino USA brings context to the leaked messages that sparked massive protests in Puerto Rico and, in turn, led to the resignation of Governor Rosselló. Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of In The Thick and founder of Latino Rebels, joins Maria Hinojosa to break down how the post-Hurricane María death count, a debt crisis, and the colonial legacy of the island contributed to pent-up resentment against the government and brought the crisis to a boiling point.

We also hear from Melissa Mark-Viverito, former Speaker of the New York City Council, as she tells us about the moment she learned Rosselló and members of his administration wrote about her in their chats, and called her a demeaning name.

Finally, Maria Hinojosa sits down with three Puerto Rican journalists to talk about the role of women in the streets and in newsrooms during the last two weeks.


NPR’s Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa, produced by Futuro Media, is the longest running Latino-focused program on U.S. public media.