Is being radical good?

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


Being a radical is good if your government is only interested in representing 1% of its citizens. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that, “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values”.

What was the world revolution that Martin was talking about? The United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945 after World War II. The UN’s goal, as expressed in its Charter, is to promote world peace. The Charter specifically prohibits colonialism. For the past 75 years, the United States Government (USG) has violated the UN’s Charter.

Moreover, the USG has consistently continued to commit a crime against humanity by deliberately ignoring 38 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.

The USG tries to distract attention to this by talking about other things. It talks about:

  1. Puerto Rico has a huge debt that she must pay
  2. Puerto Rico has the most corrupted government in the world
  3. Puerto Ricans must decide in a plebiscite whether they want to remain a colony, become a state of the United States of America, or become an independent republic

Most people are unaware that when the USG militarily invaded Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans already had real self-government from Spain as a result of the Autonomic Charter of 1897. But, instead of the USG holding a plebiscite in 1898, it decided on a military invasion. That military invasion turned Puerto Ricans up-side-down for the past 121 years!

However, when 4 Puerto Rican Nationalist used violence, like the USG did, to attack the United States (US) Congress in 1954, the US press, which is controlled by the USG, called them radicals. Therefore, it is acceptable for the USG to use violence to commit a crime against humanity, but it is not for colonized people to use violence to get their own sovereignty back. Click here to watch the video:

Puerto Ricans will have to turn the USG up-side down to get it right-side-up again for us. That will never be accomplished by doing it via colonial elections like the USG would like us to. We need the revolution that Dr. King spoke of.

The almost 9 million Boricuas worldwide must engage in permanent resistance to force the USG, as Martin said, “to get on the right side of the world revolution”. We must, because those who insist on being on the wrong side of the world revolution, don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL!

It depends if you are up-side-down.

Jose M Lopez Ismael

Nací en NYC. Me mudé a Puerto Rico en el 1980 donde eventualmente me convertí en independentista al ver que PR no se administra para los boricuas. Me retiré tempranamente de la pedagogía para luchar 24/7 por la descolonización de Puerto Rico a través de marchas pacíficas anuales y empujar a la ONU hacer su trabajo. Necesitaremos un tsunami de gente protestando permanentemente para obligar a USA a cumplir con la ley internacional que prohíbe el coloniaje.

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