5.30.2008

Puerto Rico Presidential Primary XI: Sancocho

Puerto Rican Sancocho

Puerto Rico Primary Splits Island’s Independentistas
It's a sign of Puerto Rico's zany political scene that a famous comedian sometimes doubles as a pundit. Silverio Pérez, known for hosting TV shows on Telemundo and Univisión, is also unusual for another reason: he's an independentista, one of the small percentage of Puerto Ricans who advocate for the island to become independent, ending its 110-year history as a U.S. possession.

Puerto Rico, Obama and the Politics of Race
What does all this racial politics portend for the territory’s upcoming primary? Obama has swept U.S. states with sizable African American populations like South Carolina. Puerto Rico however could be another story however as it is by no means clear that island residents self identify as black. On June 1st, we may see Latinos continue to vote en masse for a white candidate over a black one.

Latin artists support Obama in music video
More than 20 stars from the Latin music and film community released a Spanish-language video in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Thursday, days before Puerto Rico's primary. The video, "Podemos con Obama," or "We can With Obama," features such Puerto Ricans as actor John Leguizamo and hip hop artist Don Omar, and international pop stars Alejandro Sanz and Paulina Rubio. Actors George Lopez and Jessica Alba also participated.

Puerto Rican primary presents confounding issues
This isn't to say that watching the candidates on television swigging Presidente beer or jigging to island music wasn't amusing. To this Puerto Rican, there's something mildly uplifting about seeing presidential wannabes making nice with Latinos on something other than immigration.

Curtain closes on long Democratic process, Hillary willing
This just in: Ricky Martin, the Latin singing sensation, has endorsed Hillary Clinton in advance of next week’s Democratic Presidential Primary in Puerto Rico. The entertainer has a good sense of timing – he’s doing his number right before the curtain comes down.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous5/30/2008

    It's not clear if Puerto Ricans or how many Puerto Ricans self identify as black? That's because we rather rationally do not believe that one drop of black blood makes one black just as we neither believe that one drop of Indian or white blood makes one Indian or white. And for some reason some Americans, mostly blacks, can not accept that there are in fact "real white" Puerto Ricans, not mixed race white like me, but as white as their French and German and Irish and Spanish ancestors. And yes, some of these people think Spaniards are not white at all. They need to go to Spain and talk like that. See how long they last over there.

    Like most Puerto Ricans I acknowledge my African and black Puerto Rican ancestors, my mancha de platano (plantain stain), as few as the latter were, but at the same time I acknowledge that racial mixture does not produce "pure race", such as black according to the American slave owners' one drop rule.

    Also, as a Puerto Rican I'm white but less white than, say, the Puerto Rican Elite, the Upper Class which is mostly composed of the really white Puerto Ricans. So I'm a mixed white, an off white, a lesser white. Also, most of us are in fact light skinned and have enough European features to be either white or less white or just plain mixed race (triguenyo, mulato.

    And why on Earth does the one drop rule only apply to mixing with black? In fact, here in the USA it doesn't apply to mixing with Indians, and aren't Indians also a dark minority?

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  2. Anonymous10/30/2008

    I can't stand when puerto ricans try incessantly to consider themselves white...you are not!!!! come to the states and the racist white americans will make that known to you, or go to europe and tell them you are puerto rican they do not percieve you to be white like them yet you keep trying to be...Iam puerto rican with very light skin but I am not white Iam proud to be a latin woman...nor do I expect puerto ricans to consider themselves as black but it makes me ashamed when I hear that a puerto rican will not vote for a candidate for the simple fact that he is black...when is enough enough????? I see and have experienced so much racism in this country because Iam light skinned I have been in groups where people bash hispanics, blacks, asians ect...right in front of my face it's time to unite for a better future people.

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