Harry Franqui-Rivera

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
  • 5:45 PM

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
  • 8:53 AM

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
  • 8:43 AM

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