Unlike with Cuba, however, the taking of “Porto Rico” is often described in cold imperial terms: Politicians and experts agreed on the island’s strategic advantages and business potential; they also assured readers that Puerto Rico was too small to be independent and would benefit from American guidance. citizenship of Puerto Ricans simply indicated that, “we have determined …
Journalists likewise reported, in short articles underlining the island’s lack of importance, that it was Puerto Ricans and not Americans who were “excited” about the invasion. the American flag will never be lowered in Puerto Rico.” Consequently, islanders entered the equivalent of political limbo: they could serve in the U. military but not vote for the president nor have a voting congressional representation.
And interviews with the mainstream media were like tip-toeing through a minefield.
“I’m trying For all the weirdness and double-entendre humor (when the host of one panel discussion had trouble unfurling his microphone cord to reach an audience member with a question, a shout of “It’s long enough, it can reach!
(Image: Wikimedia Commons)The editor of a leading publishing house was not moved by my impassioned pitch: to write a major English-language biography of Julia de Burgos, a Puerto Rican poet and national icon whose name or likeness can be found in dozens of murals, buildings, and street signs across Latino neighborhoods. The categorical tone of his reply, however, puzzled me: “Why only Martí? For how Americans view Cuba and Puerto Rico has both history and consequences, including now when the U. government just imposed a fiscal control board on Puerto Rico and Cuba warily embraces American investment. In fact, the American fear that a different country than Spain would govern Cuba reached such heights that, between 18, the U. made no fewer than four attempts to purchase the island. finally took up arms in the matter during the Spanish-American War of 1898, its fixation with Cuba intensified.
The only Latin biography I’d publish is José Martí.”“José Martí? Certainly, the renowned Cuban poet and pro-independence hero merits not one but many biographies. In the American imagination, Cuba appeared as emotional boundary and vulnerable national border, an Achilles’ heel whose possession by another could bring about the destruction of the United States itself.
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