By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
I never knew my grandparents. My parents emigrated from Puerto Rico to New York City, before I was born. My grandparents had all passed away by the time my mother took us back to Puerto Rico for a visit.
I never had the benefit oflearning my heritage from my grandparents’ perspective. That disconnection and the socialization that I received while living in the United States (US) made me think that my loyalty belonged to the US. What else was I to believe?
I was almost next to my retirement age, before I realized who I really am. I had to expend a lot of effort to investigate for myself all of the things that my US socialization never taught to me.
This is why Boricuas are divided amongst ourselves. That has been the result of the US government’s (USG)carefully employed“divide and conquer” plan for the past 123 years.
How long could it take de decolonize our minds. It took me almost a lifetime!
The reason why my parents abandoned Puerto Rico in the 1950’s was, because of the deplorable condition in our national territory. The deplorable condition was manufactured by the USG via the exploitation of our island for its benefit. And that has never ceased!
More Puerto Ricans today live away (about 5.3), vs. the 3.4 million who refuse to abandon our homeland. We must become aware of the fact that, as soon as the USG could get a majority of Whites in Puerto Rico, it willquickly make her the 51st state of the Union!
We must quickly discover for ourselves that the USG is committing a crime against humanity by maintaining Puerto Rico as its colony for the past 76 years.
We must quickly discover for ourselves that the United Nations’ (UN) Charter prohibits colonialism since 1945.
And, we must quickly discover for ourselves that the USG has ignored 39 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.http://webtv.un.org/watch/5th-meeting-committee-of-24-special-committee-on-decolonization/6051725003001/
We have the inalienable right to our self-determination and independence. Therefore,Boricuasneed not be trying to achieve equality in the US.Boricuasneed to be trying to be all that we could be.
But to do that, we need to engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with international law.
Learn who you are before it is too late!