Puerto Rican political identity is woven into the fibers of the territory’s flag, or flags. “It’s not only a symbol of national affirmation,” says historian Jorell Meléndez-Badillo. “It’s used as a symbol of resistance to colonialism.” Flags are how the oldest colony in the world imagines itself into nationhood.
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Hi, I’m Mark Derho (silly hat and sunglasses). I have been informed that when some natural-born Puerto Rican’s see me, they are seeing me as an interloper and a predator – much like the Iguana lizard pictured above.
While having some limited understanding of the suffering of the Puerto Rican people throughout a history of colonialism… I am not going home because I am home.
As an non-indigenous US expatriate, I also understand that many natural born Puerto Ricans are unhappy being a US citizen, and do not want the “foreign influence” of the United States.
I also do not speak Spanish. And I am trying to learn some basic vocabulary and sentence structure. However, not speaking Spanish has caused me difficulties and has included me being insulted.
Do you agree or disagree?
Let’s talk about it.