#Boricua mural in now gentrified West Town, #Chicago.
#larespuesta #larespuestamedia #puertorican #paseoboricua
You’re not white. Neither am I. We benefit from skin-color (and class) privilege in a white supremacist cis-het patriarchy. Let’s acknowledge that. But no matter how light-skinned we look, or how ‘white’ we are perceived, Puerto Ricans as a whole are racialized as Other. Instead of being a proponent of your own privileged ‘interpretation’ of what it means to be Puerto Rican, and demonizing any others, maybe that conversation could have been a teaching moment. Instead of cutting yourself off as you began to elaborate on the complexities and horrors of the colonization of Puerto Rico, the trauma of migrating to a new land, and the process of becoming Othered, you could have told Sunil about that history… Instead of supporting a complex reading of that stereotype, or problematizing how “ghetto” gets read, you read ghetto just the same as the mainstream media chooses to.
The [Puerto Rico] pro-statehood folks have an vested interest in keeping the island as economically dependent and culturally bound to the U.S. as possible… The same is for the pro-colony folks who occasionally appropriate nationalist, independentista rhetoric to appeal to progressive (and cynically patriotic) electoral elements (e.g., the new municipal slogan of San Juan is “Ciudad, Patria” - City, Motherland - but the mayor is a member of the pro-colony party!).
March 8th is International Women’s Day and this is Women’s History Month. La Respuesta magazine proudly celebrates and honors the immense contributions of Boricua women in Puerto Rico and the Diaspora.
*The poster features a painting by Rafael Tufiño of his mother, called “La Goyita.” The quote and background text is from “A Julia de Burgos” by nuestra poeta nacional Julia de Burgos.
Our LAST poster of the #livingdiaspora series. We are honored to have received the wedding photo of Soraida Arocho and Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, two important figures in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. This picture was taken in #PuertoRico on Nov. 19, 1977, demonstrating that the island has a special place in the hearts and memories of the Boricua Diaspora.