White Man’s Burden: How the US perceived Puerto Ricans

This merely shows the ignorance of the white American man …. back then and still today!!


War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

When the US invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, it had little prior contact with its people. This transatlantic ignorance was compounded by the inherent racism of southern congressmen.

Here are some of their memorable opinions – declared on the floor of the US congress, in the New York Times, and in Scribner’s magazine.

“Puerto Ricans are a heterogeneous mass of mongrels, incapable of self-government and hostile to Christianity. They are savages addicted to head-hunting and cannibalism.”

–US Senator William B. Bate

Eating FeastBlanquito asado festival in 19th century Puerto Rico

According to Scribner’s magazine, “all Puerto Ricans are totally lacking in moral values.”

After extensive research, the New York Times confirmed that “Puerto Ricans are uneducated, simple-minded and harmless people who are only interested in wine, women, music and dancing.”  

Pieter_Bruegel_de_Oude_-_De_bruiloft_dans_(Detroit)Puerto Rican lunch break in Old San Juan, circa 1898

In 1931, a Harvard-educated cancer doctor named Cornelius…

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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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