Puerto Rico … the “Invisible Island”!! The USA, Puerto Rico’s “owner and master” doesn’t really care. Time to wake up to that reality!!
“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – but as far as the U.S. is concerned (especially the U.S. Congress) what happens in Puerto Rico, never happens at all.”
In 1953, Ralph Ellison won the National Book Award for his first novel Invisible Man. It started like this:
“I am an invisible man. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids – and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”
When we view early 20th century films and notice the “service” characters – the butler, maid, chauffer, cook, shoeshine boy – this view was absolutely correct. But today, in the case of Puerto Rico, our invisibility is much worse: because it applies to the entire island.
Puerto Rico is separated by 1,500 miles of ocean, a language, an indigenous culture, and 400 years of Ibero-American history. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – but as far as the U.S. is concerned (especially the U.S. Congress) what happens…
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