By Franklin D. Lopez, former United Press International and The Associated Press news-writer.
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“Darkness can never move darkness…only light can”- Anonymous
The cause for the passive and silent population of the colonial territory of Puerto Rico is due to the lack of reading habits, a failed education system, or simply living in a regime promoting almost total dependency on social programs to live and survive. It is very convenient for the control of a colonial territory to have an uneducated population. The colonial history of Puerto Rico has had times of the greatest darkness that human behavior and interaction can generate. As dense as the Nazi concentration and extermination camps in World War II. There are many supporters of statehood who attribute North American citizens to virtues such as infallibility, pristine beings, noble, generous, just, and sensitive to the noblest humanistic behaviors. All of the above is a direct result of their ignorance of not reading history and because their densest and darkest activities are hidden, as Mark Twain said ” People are like the moon. They have a lighted side and a dark side.” Also, in Puerto Rico, the habit of reading has not been successfully promoted, the reason for the ignorance. Ignorance serves well the metropolis. In order to know how to combat colonialism and fight for the eradication of discrimination and segregation, one must know the truth, and the conditions of the fighting territory.
But in the great and noble struggles of the African-American citizens, following the humanist design of Martin Luther King, to claim and demand Equality for millions of Afro-Americans, who were segregated, exploited, abused, and discriminated against only because of the color of their skin and physical features. , despite the fact that the Afro-American People carried on their shoulders for more than two centuries, the construction and the foundations gave strength and power to the American Nation! Dr. King carefully studied carefully the power structures of the Washington political power ecosystem in order to have access to the impenetrable decision-making chambers of powers in Washington and demanded reforms and aspirations that were enacted in multiple laws like the Civil Rights reform approved under the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, the great master of the art of politics. a King studied the dark sides of power as well as the light sides of the system and that is why he was successful in moving sectors of the population with little education and freed them from the alienating lethargy of exploitation, discrimination, and injustice. In the “Boricondiano Territory”, there are people who recently exposed the dark side of the rulers of the North, in their deranged colonial administration! They are known as “the petit Yankees” or in ‘Boricondiano’ slang “PITIYANQUI!” See: El Piti Yankee https://franklindelanolopez.com/2015/04/15/el-piti-yanqui/ via @trueblue51
Muñoz Marin, pressured by former US ambassador to Venezuela, Teodoro Moscoso, allowed thousands of Puerto Rican women to be used in experimental sterilization programs. This record should not be shelved in the archive of oblivion.
Since the baptism of the “Free Associated State” or “Commonwealth” of Puerto Rico on July 25, 1952, up to 1968, more than 1 million Puerto Ricans left the island looking for work. Many worked on farms in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania living in deplorable conditions. The segregationist and discriminatory policies from Washington forced the massive exodus an act considered by the International Tribunal at the Hague as “a crime against humanity.” What is more disconcerting is the passivity and silence of the majority of the population living in a bubble that could come crumbling down if Washington gets exhausted in sending billions of dollars that are wasted and used in corrupt activities. The
Congressional discrimination is so blatant that American citizens residing in the Republic of Costa Rica are entitled to receive the Supplemental Social Security (SSI) and denied to its American citizens living in the colonial territory of Puerto Rico! In a meeting in February 2010 with Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) then Chair of the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee he volunteer this information. According to The Economist in an article published on January 8, 2011, American citizens residing in the territory paid $73.7 Billion dollars in Federal taxes from 1990 to 2009. Puerto Rico pays more Federal taxes than Alaska, Vermont, Montana, Maine, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Despite the fact that American citizens paid 100% of the Social Security taxes they are discriminated against in the application of federal social programs. Congress has extended 100% applicability of all Social Security benefits to Americans abroad and to those retired in independent republics abroad. Despite the fact that Puerto Rico pays more Federal taxes than six states of the Union! Taxation without representation? Discrimination is against our Constitution. Congress does not have the power to be above the Constitution.
Now Washington politicians are inviting Puerto Ricans to the power table because of their numbers in the battleground state of Florida, as simple as that. Washington only respects the power of nuclear missiles, the power of oil, and the power of votes. We only have the power of votes in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia. We must learn the strategic use of that power to achieve equality, the same way as Dr. King Learned fighting for the forgotten African Americans, who built this great Nation.
You fight standing up and don’t kneel! The is no liberty without equality. The struggle for equality continues and the cause endures.