~~August 25, 2016~~
AND YOUR GRANDMA, WHERE SHE BE?
As I was growing up, I learned that my “people” was a mixture of many different races.
There was no need to be “uppity” because your skin was white.
There could very well be many different skin hues in your family tree.
This fact was never important.
That’s why the question about your “grandma” came into play.
If you’re ashamed, unaware and think you are above others,
be aware that your “grandma” made have a darker color skin.
We are really, what I lovingly call, a “mutt race”.
We are a cauldron of love, honor, integrity, purpose, joy, happiness, fun, hospitality and friendliness.
I can say that … I’m Puerto Rican!
Race and Ethnic Groups
The people of Puerto Rico represent a cultural and racial mix
When the Spanish forced the Taíno people into slavery, the entire indigenous population was virtually decimated, except for a few Amerindians who escaped into the remote mountains. Eventually they inter-married with the poor Spanish farmers and became known as jíbaros. Because of industrialization and migration to the cities, few jíbaros remain.
Besides the slaves imported from Africa (Sudan, Kongo, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leona, and the Gold, Ivory, and Grain coasts), other ethnic groups brought to work on the plantations joined the island’s racial mix.
Fleeing Simón Bolívar’s independence movements in South America, Spanish loyalists fled to Puerto Rico – a fiercely conservative Spanish colony during the early 1800’s.
French families also flocked here from both Louisiana and Haiti. As changing governments or violent revolutions depressed the economies of Scotland and Ireland, many farmers from those countries also journeyed to Puerto Rico in search of a better life.
When the United States acquired the island in 1898, American influence was added to culture.
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