Racism must be confronted

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


Birmingham Alabama exemplified racism in the United States (US). Despite the defeat of the Confederacy in the US Civil War, and the Emancipation Proclamation, the South was determined to never allow Blacks to be equal to Whites. Bull Connor, through his all-out effort to keep Blacks in their place, helped the US government (USG) to enact laws prohibiting racial discrimination. Click on the following link for more: https://youtu.be/j9kT1yO4MGg

President John Kennedy could have done what he eventually did, without Blacks engaging in permanent resistance in Birmingham. But, it was the permanent resistance, and Bull Connor’s response to it that forced him to act.

We should never expect injustice to go away on its own. The people who suffer the injustice must take the lead, and confront it intelligently. Good people will eventually join in, when they come to understand what Martin Luther King Jr. meant when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” An excellent example of that was the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol.

Puerto Ricans have been waiting for the past 123 years for the USG to decolonize Puerto Rico on its own.

We ought to know by now that that will never happen, because the USG has willfully refused to comply with the United Nations’ (UN) Charter of 1945 that prohibits colonialism.

We ought to know by now that that will never happen, because the USG has ignored, thus far, 39 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. http://webtv.un.org/watch/5th-meeting-committee-of-24-special-committee-on-decolonization/6051725003001/

When will Puerto Ricans confront colonialism intelligently? We already have more Puerto Ricans living away from our national territory! 

Do your part to confront evil.  

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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