Why the Confederate reminders?

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico

In the southern states, you see monuments honoring the Confederate Army of the United States Civil War. Obviously, those were “the good old days” for them!The fact that these monuments exist today is a testimony of how deeply rooted racism is in the US’ national fabric. Click on the following links for more:



In contrast, you will not find statues honoring Nazism in Germany. The German government teaches the history of Nazism in its school, and dissuades its glorification. Germans accept their history in order to learn from it, and to create a better nation for their people.

The US government (USG), conversely, does not want to create a better nation for its people. This is why institutionalized racism still existsafter the US Holocaust. And that is why today, “We the People” are protesting everywhere for the eradication of it!

Puerto Ricans have also been victims of this. The USG militarily invaded Puerto Rico to make her its colony in 1898. The USG has violated for the past 75 years the United Nations’ (UN) Charter that prohibits colonialism. The USG has, moreover, ignored 38 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Rico.


This means that the USG will not eliminate institutionalized racism, unless “We the People” force it to do so. Let’s decolonize our minds, so that we could organize the kind of resistance necessary to make the US better. We must, because those who want to “Make America Great Again” are the ones who want to go back to “the good old days”.


The good old days benefit only 1% of the people.

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