Harry Franqui-Rivera

The Unfulfilled Promises of July 25 and a New Puerto Rico

A date that defines the history of a modern colony.

  • Jul 26, 2019
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The School Shooting That Never Happened

I have never written about this incident for many reasons.

  • Feb 17, 2018
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Breaking News: ‘Despacito’ Is About Sex!

Just stating the obvious.

  • Jul 24, 2017
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Gutting the Funding of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Is Unwarranted and Indefensible

Puerto Ricans do matter—in the city, in the state, and anywhere they can be found.

  • Jun 26, 2017
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Brutalizing Our Children to Keep Them Alive

As you read this, please note that I’m not condemning Toya Graham, the woman seen in a viral video smacking her 16-year old son after she spotted him rioting in Baltimore. Instead, I’m condemning a system of oppression that colonizes us to the point that we will brutalize our children to keep them safe from […]

  • Apr 30, 2015
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Puerto Ricans Live Like Kings, Cheat on Social Security and Refuse to Work in Sweatshops

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this piece appeared on the author’s blog. Harry has since expanded on it, given recent news pieces. In addition, all photos listed here are part of the public domain. According to the latest articles on Puerto Rico making the rounds in the U.S. mainstream media in the last months, Puerto […]

  • Apr 14, 2015
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Netanyahu and the GOP: Making the Case for War Against Iran

With a speech full of ill-intentioned references to Nazi Germany and World War II, Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress earlier this week. Meanwhile, President Obama outplayed Netanyahu by having a telephone conference with the representatives of the other five major powers (Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) negotiating a peaceful resolution with Iran. Netanyahu has a […]

  • Mar 5, 2015
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The Oscars and Racial Bantering in Public (Very Public) Spaces

I didn’t watch the Oscars last night (untouched by the agony of one of longest events known to humankind), but I still woke up to the Sean Penn “green card” controversy. By now, you know what happened. Ha! Funny! Isn’t it? Many didn’t think so, and social media soon exploded. Was Penn racist? I don’t […]

  • Feb 23, 2015
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American Hubris and the Ill-Conceived Cuban Embargo

In 1972, President Nixon began a process to normalize relations with communist China. In his own stumbling-into-stuff-way, President Reagan did the same with the Soviets in the 1980s. Both countries were powerful and in a position to really challenge the United State. When all these changes happened, having two Republican presidents reach out to Cold […]

  • Dec 22, 2014
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‘We Can Breath Together:’ A Firsthand Account of #MillionsMarchNYC

This past Saturday I joined thousands and thousands of people from all colors, races, ethnicities, religions and ages for the New York City edition of the “Millions March.” As most of you know, the event was part of simultaneous marches and demonstrations throughout the U.S., with the main event held in Washington, D.C. Racism, police […]

  • Dec 17, 2014
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Scapegoating Puerto Rico’s Poor: Moving Away From the Illusions of Political Status

I write this response not looking to antagonize anyone, for I mostly agree with Luis Gallardo Rivera’s “Why Statehood Is Bad for Puerto Rico” essay. Division and bickering among us will accomplish nothing. I also write this response to not favor any specific political solution to Puerto Rico’s colonial situation. I favor decolonizing the island […]

  • Dec 10, 2014
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Michael Brown and White Privilege Among Puerto Ricans

I wrote the following essay hours before New York City and the rest of the world reacted to the Eric Garner case. Once again, the system dehumanized another person of color. It is of little consolation that the pictures of Garner doing the rounds show him in cap and gown. Will the next Black or […]

  • Dec 4, 2014
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Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Does NOT Hurt Puerto Ricans

Editor’s Note: The following essay is a direct response to Justin Vélez-Hagan’s piece on Fox News Latino, entitled “Puerto Ricans will be hurt the most by President Obama’s executive action.” In a recent opinion piece, Justin Vélez-Hagan, founder of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and economic policy researcher at the University of Maryland, […]

  • Nov 24, 2014
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The Borinqueneers on Parade

Yesterday, President Barack Obama awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th U.S. Army Infantry Regiment, also known as the “Borinqueneers.” A decade ago no one would have predicted such an occasion nor was the 65th as popular as it is now. Not only was the 65th virtually forgotten by Puerto Ricans but the contribution of  hundreds of thousands of […]

  • Jun 11, 2014
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