We have lived for over 25 generations under colonialism. That is to say, we have always been controlled by other countries in order for them to exploit us. The empire’s values have been imposed on us, while our own culture and values have been treated as tawdry. This is why Puerto Ricans have low self-esteem. Not because we are really worth nothing, but because, in order to exploit us, we need to be taught that! And that’s why, after 405 years under Spanish colonial rule, and 114 years under American colonial rule, for a total of 519 years of being colonized, we have still not gotten to the point of enough is enough. How do we break this vicious cycle that has us in ruins?
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