Tag: Puerto Rico
It's clearly beyond time for America's "Ignored Abroad" – from St. Croix and Moloka'i to Tutuila and Tinian – to achieve post-colonial status as independent nations free of dictates from Washington and the boorish intentions of resident non-natives from patently foreign places like New York, Florida, Texas, and California.
Three and a half million people are without power, water, fuel, food, and support. This isn’t some uninhabited atoll. This is where I grew up. This is where my family lives. This is my home.
It took a natural calamity, Hurricane Maria, to wake Puerto Ricans up to the fact that, as far as Donald Trump and his administration are concerned, Puerto Rico is merely a far-flung colonial possession separated from the mainland US by, as Trump put it, “a thing called the Atlantic Ocean…”
The Caribbean colonies of four neo-colonialist powers, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States, have discovered the hard way where they stand with their colonial masters when faced with an extreme natural disaster. In the wake of hurricane Irma, a Category 5 mega-storm, the populations of the island territories of the four colonial powers, as well as Barbuda, a dominion of Queen Elizabeth’s “Commonwealth,” were relegated to second- and third-class status when it came to the receipt of urgent assistance in the wake of Irma.