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viernes, 18 de agosto de 2017

You don't have to be White to be a white supremacist

by Rosa Clemente

I am a Black Puerto Rican woman.
Alex Ramos is a Puerto Rican white supremacist.
Two days ago, while watching the Vice News report on what happened in Charlottesville, I noticed a man getting into a van with David Duke and I saw the Puerto Rican flag folded in his hands.
All day, I kept watching that clip and then when my husband came home, I asked him and he said, “Yeah babe that is the Boricua flag.” I got up and went outside and screamed. I was physically sick, hot all over my body and infuriated.
Alex Ramos was a participant in the assault against teacher and artist DeAndre Harris during the Charlottesville terror attack.
As I sat down and gathered my thoughts, I reminded myself that this is not just White Supremacy; this is anti-Blackness. This is self-hate. Ramos’ is the colonized mindset that Frantz Fanon wrote about.
Fanon was a Martinique-born psychiatrist, philosopher, and revolutionary. In his seminal work Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon psychoanalyzes what he calls “the oppressed Black person who perceives themselves to have to be a lesser creature in the white world that they live in and navigate the world through a performance of whiteness.”
The sad truth is that although Alex Ramos expressed and enacted the most vile and violent form of white supremacy, his thinking is not uncommon amongst a minority of Puerto Ricans.
The current governor of Puerto Rico, Ricky Rosello, is working at the behest of white supremacy as he slowly sells our homeland piece by piece to Wall Street. At the same time, he is enacting policies through a militarized police force that are economically oppressing the majority of Puerto Ricans or outright pushing them off their land.
Unfortunately, some in the broader population of Latinx/a/o people in the United States practice anti-Blackness on a daily basis. Anti-Blackness is taught and reinforced in homes, in church, at school and via TV networks like Univision and Telemundo.
In this moment of national crisis Latinx/a/o people in the United States are going to have to come to terms with who we are. We need to force discussions that break the media binary that often marginalizes, disappears us, or tells us that Ana Navarro or Jorge Ramos speak or represent us.
They do not.
Many of us, no matter how much we try to hide it or refuse to claim it, are people of African and Indigenous descent. Puerto Ricans and other Latinx people in America must be as forceful about speaking out against white supremacy and anti-Blackness as we are about wanting to see Puerto Rico decolonized and become an independent nation.
For those of us who have studied our history and understand our connection to the African-American struggle here in the United States we must align ourselves unapologetically with our Blackness.
What does this mean? First and foremost, we are going to have to stand up and reject the race to whiteness. We are going to have to see Blackness outside of phenotype. In a country obsessed with skin privilege, what we look like outwardly matters, but to me Blackness is a political identity as well.
When we say we are African descendant, or Afro-Latinx/a/o, what does that actually mean?
Do you wake up every day and say I love Black people?
Do you wake up every day and place yourself within the Black radical tradition in this country?
Do you know the history of struggle between African Americans and Puerto Ricans in this country?
Do you fight anti-Blackness?
I’ve had to tell family members that are anti-Black and refuse to change that I will no longer sit at a table with them.
Every day I wake up with the freedom of my people on my mind. Since the day she was born I have purposely racialized my daughter and taught her that she is a Black Puerto Rican young woman.
Alex Ramos or any other blanquito/a Neo-Nazi minded Puerto Rican or any Latinx person that chooses white supremacy as their ethos cannot go unchallenged.
Alex Ramos assaulted DeAndre Harris, and almost killed him. Alex Ramos got in a van with David Duke and I am sure later that evening Ramos hung up that same Puerto Rican flag in his home, next to his Neo-Nazi and confederate flags. He not only brought shame to my people, he is a disgrace to humanity.
I try to practice the politic of prison abolition but my anger against him has me hoping he is arrested, thrown in jail, and that his pain is worse than the pain he inflicted Deandre Harris. I can’t lie about how I feel.
To my fellow Latinx/a/o gente, it is no longer enough to wave flags, to have cultural pride, to be proud of your ethnicity and not have racial pride.
It is not enough to call yourself Afro Latinx/o/a and then just talk about hair, skin color or the clothes you wear. In America when you are devoid of racial consciousness you essentially give up your political power. Not everyone will call themselves a Black Puerto Rican woman like I do, but everyone who identifies as a Latina, a Latino, or Latinx should be fighting white supremacy and be pro-Black.
In the 1960’s, the Young Lords Party taught us to root out the idea of pelo malo y pelo bueno. They also instructed us to embrace our Africaness and root out white supremacy. As Dr. Nelly Fuller said, “Until one understands the system of white supremacy everything and anything will confuse you.”
White supremacy is not only carried out by white people as a system, it can be carried out by our own people, whether they be African-American like Clarence Thomas, or Puerto Rican like Alex Ramos. My hope is that we can begin to eliminate more forcefully white supremacist ideology that often permeates our consciousness.
Now is the time for us as a people to understand that as long as anti-Blackness exists within our communities, we have a responsibility to fight anti-Blackness and the system of white supremacy by any means necessary. It is up to all of us to push back against the race to whiteness.
Because when all Black people are free, we will all be free.
Rosa Clemente is a community organizer, journalist, 2008 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate and currently completing her dissertation in the W.E.B DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMASS-Amherst.

Campamento Contra las Cenizas en Peñuelas

Entrevistamos a una de las portavoces del Campamento Contra las Cenizas en Peñuelas, Yanina Moreno, para conocer como los 10 millones de boricuas dentro y fuera de nuestro territorio nacional podamos unirnos al grave problema de salud que representa el depósito en el vertedero de Peñuelas de las cenizas altamente toxica para la gente que vive en Puerto Rico. Oprima el siguiente enlace para ver nuestro video al respecto: https://youtu.be/3hw6sMN63yg

Una democracia de verdad tiene que ver con su gobierno representando al 100% de los ciudadanos de un país. Si tenemos evidencia que no hay democracia en Puerto Rico, nos toca a nosotros cambiar el estatus quo. Informémonos usted mismo para saber el rumbo que debemos todos seguir para que nuestro gobierno nos represente a todos.

¡Unámonos, porque los que nos han tenido como su colonia por 120 no creen en la LIBERTAD Y EN LA JUSTICIA PARA TODOS!    

miércoles, 16 de agosto de 2017

US government made PR flag illegal

Yesenia and others are doing outreach in Brooklyn, New York. She explains how you would get arrested in Puerto Rico for having a Puerto Rican flag, because that meant that you were opposed of the United States' control of Borikén. Click here to watch a short video of that: https://www.facebook.com/LoaizaYari/videos/1399906313379019/

Don’t take Yesenia’s word for it. We invite all Boricuas to inform themselves about our history. The more we do, the more we will unite to decolonize our homeland, because those who invade other countries for their benefit don’t believe in LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!

Protesters toppled statue in NC

DURHAM, N.C. — Protesters in North Carolina toppled a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier Monday at a rally against racism.

Socialists in Durham brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924. A diverse mob of dozens cheered as the statue of a soldier holding a rifle fell to the ground in front of an old courthouse building that now houses local government offices. Click this link to see it: https://youtu.be/BsrjexouOaA

Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument.

“I was a little bit shocked people could come here and come together like that,” said Isaiah Wallace, who is black.

Wallace said he watched as others toppled the statue. He hopes other Confederate symbols elsewhere will follow.

“I feel like this is going to send shockwaves through the country and hopefully they can bring down other racist symbols,” he said, deftly ignoring that the statue isn’t racist.

The Durham protest was supposedly in response to a rally held in Charlottesville over the weekend.
Authorities say one woman was killed Saturday after a leftist Neo-Nazi drove his car into a group of violent counterprotesters.

Although the violence in Virginia has prompted fresh talk by government officials about bringing down symbols of the Confederacy around the South, North Carolina has a law protecting them. The 2015 law prevents removing such monuments on public property without permission from state officials.

In response to the statue in Durham being torn down, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted: “The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments.”

After the statue fell, several dozen leftist protesters congregated on the street in front of the old courthouse. Some took pictures standing or sitting on the toppled soldier, in front of a pedestal inscribed with the words “In Memory of the Boys Who Wore The Gray.” Police cruisers blocked off the street, and officers looked on — some filming. As it got dark, the mob began to peacefully disperse.

Robin Williamson, who works downtown, arrived in the area about an hour after the statue came down. Williamson, who is black, said he can sympathize with people who are upset with the state of racial discourse in the country.

“People feel that with Donald Trump as leader, racists can be vocal,” he said, ignoring the obvious fact that Black Lives Matter is the most racist group to appear in America since the Klan.

He said that while Confederate monuments have been defaced in other cities, it was surprising to see an entire statue brought down by protesters.

martes, 15 de agosto de 2017

Propongo el Plan Coquí

Siempre leo lo que escribe Awilda Rodríguez para aprender y para activar el módulo de la imaginación y de la creatividad  e inspirarme con su caudal de ideas.

Si el movimiento anexionista es capaz de retar la voluntad del imperialismo norteamericano con el Plan Tennessee, los que creemos en un Puerto Rico libre y soberano, muy bien podemos emular ese esfuerzo de auto determinación por la justa causa de la libertad. Organizados como una democracia representativa, con un senado y una cámara de representantes electas por el voto popular libremente expresado en las elecciones generales del 2016 y un Gobernador igualmente endosado, podemos exigir en nombre de ese apoyo electoral la descolonización de nuestra patria, validando la soberanía de nuestro Pueblo, bien sea como una República independiente o una en libre asociación con los Estados Unidos.

Al Plan Tennessee le oponemos el Plan Coquí.

¿Cuantos somos? Pues si sumamos y restamos correctamente veríamos que el Junte Soberanista cuenta con un respaldo electoral que iguala o supera el de los anexionistas. Con la ventaja de que el Congreso Federal no tendría que comprometerse con la idea, no querida por ellos, de hacer a Puerto Rico el Estado 51.

Y voy a los números porque lamentablemente en nuestra relación colonial con los Estados Unidos cuentan mas ellos (los números) que la dignidad de millones de puertorriqueños humillados por una Junta de Control Fiscal que abiertamente viola sus derechos humanos y de paso, todos los principios que definen una DEMOCRACIA.  

Es vergonzoso para los que repudiamos el coloniaje y la asimilación como una variante suicida del coloniaje, ver cómo mientras los anexionistas “se las juegan” con el Plan Tennessee,  los populares y su claque colonialista siguen en la defensiva buscando formas y maneras de revivir el cadáver del Estado Libre Asociado, la gran mentira que nos ha conducido hacia la quiebra moral y económica que vivimos los puertorriqueños en el 2017. 

No nos podemos cruzar de brazos los que proponemos la descolonización de Puerto Rico. Vamos a validar pública y políticamente la SOBERANÍA de nuestra patria para entonces, desde nuestras cámaras legislativas, legislar  como manda  en una democracia defendiendo los intereses de los puertorriqueños libre de la intervención de cuerpos políticos extranjeros.


Se unen otros a la protesta boricua ante la ONU

Seguimos creciendo para la protesta boricua ante la asamblea general de la Organización de Naciones Unidas el martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017 para exigir la descolonización inmediata de Borikén. Opima aquí para los detalles de la misma: https://www.facebook.com/events/677684049091898/?active_tab=about

Oprima aquí para ver nuestro video cuando se le presento la idea de esta protesta a nuestro héroe nacional puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera, donde la compañera Alba Rivera de Unión Patriótica Boricua le pide a Oscar que haga suya esta manifestación: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtT1I17q0xo

¡Solos unidos podremos descolonizar a nuestra patria, porque los que nos han esclavizados por 120 años no creen en la LIBERTAD Y LA JUSTICIA PARA TODOS!   

lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017

Fidel y el otro Raúl

Casa Las Américas de Puerto Rico conmemoró el natalicio del Comandante Fidel Castro Ruz y se reconoció al patriota puertorriqueño Raúl García Vázquez el domingo, 13 de agosto de 2017.  Oprima el siguiente enlace para ver nuestro video sobre esta actividad: https://youtu.be/TcV1du9CJyI

Es importante que los ciudadanos conozcan su verdadera historia para forjar una patria que dignamente los representen, y para saber con seguridad el rumbo correcto para encaminarla. Buscad activamente nuestra historia, porque el gobierno de Estados Unidos siempre nos la esconderá.

Entendiendo nuestra historia facilitaría enormemente que nos unamos para luchar con todo nuestra fuerza por la descolonización de Puerto Rico. ¡Solo unidos venceríamos, porque los que han decididos ser criminales manteniéndonos como su colonia no creen en la LIBERTAD Y LA JUSTICIA PARA TODOS!