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Puerto Rico decolonization

Should criminals be in charge of correcting the wrong they inflicted?

Puerto Ricans vote in elections every 4 years at an 80% level of participation.  Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States (US) government for the past 116 years.  If the US government has the final say in what happens in Puerto Rico, what is the purpose of these elections?  The purpose is to fool the world that Puerto Rico is a democracy. 

The United Nations (UN) declared colonialism a crime against humanity in 1960.  The UN has asked the US government 33 times to decolonize Puerto Rico immediately.  The US government has refused.  It says that Puerto Rico’s political relationship with the United States is none of the UN’s business.  The US says that it is a domestic affair.

To appear that the US government wants to decolonize Puerto Rico, it promotes the use of plebiscites to determine what Puerto Ricans want.  Doesn’t that sounds innocent and democratic?  So what’s the problem?

To begin with, the international community already rendered its verdict and determined that colonialism is illegal.  So to have a political status option in a plebiscite that favors maintaining Puerto Rico a colony of the United States is not permitted.  To have a political status option of Puerto Rico becoming a state of the United States is also not permitted under international law.  The problem goes back to the beginning of this article.  In order to have free elections, the country must be free.  So before these elections and plebiscite could be valid, Puerto Rico would have to first be an independent nation.

What people must realize is that Puerto Rico is a colony of the US because the US government wants it that way.  That is why it has used terrorism to keep it that way.  That is why it refuses to release the Puerto Rican political prisoner of 33 years Oscar López Rivera.  That is also why it is ridiculous to believe that decolonization is a US internal matter in which the UN has no jurisdiction over.  If we allow the US government to decolonize Puerto Rico, she will remain a colony of the United States forever!

José M López Sierra

www.TodosUnidosDescolonizarPR.blogspot.com

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earlier i took photos of a group of hipsters who walked behind me.

not only did they mob up around me (this is NYC stop) …

but the reason i photographed them, was because they kept upsetting people.

they kept stopping to take photos of people they didnt ask. two men from an afro-puerto rican barbershop told them to stop taking photos of his son getting his hair done.

and then they traipsed into a Botanica squealing loudly about Ouija boards.

Ouija boards.

Botanica.

they were asked to leave when they automatically troubled the space of the botanica, and roared loudly about “magic” and “anything for spells”.

and i shot their photos.

now here’s where it gets funny.

4 white people in their late thirties (they look older, for all i know they could be 19) skipped around my neighborhood, for four blocks behind me, stalking up to , and taking pictures of black and brown people without permission.

and totally hated it when i did it to them.

"why’d you take my picture? who are you? why are you photographing us?"

they asked.

so i told them “whatever excuse you gave to the people of this neighborhood when you shot theirs, pretend i said it-” and walked off.

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From earlier when I was sitting in my house DJing freestyle songs for a cat. For those don’t know Freestyle is a style of dance music that is solely responsible for every half Puerto Rican Half Italian child born between 1983-1991 in the Tri State area. 

(editors note - even though my white half is not Italian, this is also most likely the music my mom and dad were getting down to at the club in 84-85.)

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Bomba is an Afro-Puerto Rican folkloric music style developed throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries by west African slaves brought to the island by the Spanish. It is a communal activity that still thrives in its traditional centers of Loíza, Santurce, Mayagüez, Ponce, and New York City. The traditional musical style has been diffused throughout the United States following the Puerto Rican Diaspora, especially in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, California, and Florida. It also became increasingly popular in Peru, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil, and has largely influenced Afro-Latino music styles within these countries.

More than just a genre of music, it’s most defining characteristic is the encounter and creative relationship between dancers, percussionists, and singers. Dance is an integral part of the music. It is popularly described as a challenge/connection, or an art of “call and answer,” in which two or more drums follow the rhythms and moves of the dancers. The challenge requires great physical shape and usually continues until either the drummer or the dancer discontinues.

There are several styles of bomba, and the popularity of these styles varies by region. There are three basic rhythms, as well as many others that are mainly variations of these: Yubá, Sicá and Holandés. Other styles include Cuembé, Bámbula, Cocobalé, and Hoyomula.