Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Puerto Rico

It's easy to forget about Puerto Rico, the U.S. "territory" that is still at the mercy of our shitty, racist government but can't vote in our presidential elections. If it could, maybe Lord Dampnut wouldn't be president. But that's not the point.

Our government's shittiness has driven Puerto Rico to an intense financial crisis and bankruptcy. It's so bad that they have to close 184 schools. This has been a long time coming as things have gotten worse and worse for the country over the decades. School attendance has been dropping. The U.S. government is trying to reduce the minimum wage in Puerto Rico. By a lot. Life is getting more and more terrible for the common residents of the territory.

I don't know a whole lot about the history of Puerto Rico. I just know that my country is horrible to this place full of Latinx people. I know that they're suffering because of my government. And I don't want to forget about them anymore, and I want my small number of readers to remember them. Because we forget about them. Our government forced them to be a part of us without the same rights, and it's wrong.

Let's pledge to keep the people of Puerto Rico in our minds as we fight against injustice in this world. Justice for Puerto Rico needs to be part of our social justice movement. They are another and very current result of U.S. colonialism. We need to fight for them.

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