History

Hate-letter against Puerto Rico emerges from the past

VIRULENT LETTER PROMPTS CRY FOR PUERTO RICO INDEPENDENCE

Disrespect and mistreatment of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans spans centuries. It starts with the island being handed over as a prize of war after Spain’s defeat in the Spanish-American War of 1898. For some time, Puerto Ricans were merely residents of a U.S. possession. Later, they were made partial citizens without a vote in national elections. Ultimately, the island was designated as a Commonwealth or Free, Associated State. In the 1930s, little was heard about independence for Puerto Rico. After the revelation of a vitriolic, racist letter, written by a U.S. oncologist sent to the island for research, expressing complete...
The Little Prince Of Brooklyn

Mommy sick

A Comparison of Trump’s Puny Emigration Raid to Ike’s Big Kahuna

OPERATION WETBACK, PART DEUX

Personal account of wartime Philadelphia, in poetry

D-DAY IN PHILADELPHIA

On D-Day in Philly, in Forty-Four,I, at fifteen, sat on the floor – All night long, as it turned out to be –It was finally D-Day, a big deal for me. The radio screeched from the undersea cable.I pressed my...
The Little Prince Of Brooklyn

Abuelita

Mi Abuelita (Laura Maria Rosa y Mendez) was born in 1896, two years before Yanqui troops invaded. She and all of my father’s side of the family are Jibaros that come from a small town in the mountains of Puerto...
The Little Prince Of Brooklyn

Mommy sick

Mommy, Laurie and me When I was in the first grade, my mother became very ill with Rheumatic fever. This caused my sister and me to be sent to stay with our grandparents. Laurie went to live with Mama...
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