Struggles to decolonize

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


Delegates from colonized nations assembled in Bonaire on the morning of Saturday, December 7, 2019 for the 4th symposium for the decolonization and reparation of the Caribbean. Click on the following link to watch our video:

On the day of the symposium was the anniversary of the Japanese’s attack on the United States’ (US) Naval Station in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. That was brutal, but not as brutal as the US’ response using the atomic bomb to annihilate 2 Japanese cities.

I mention this to highlight the fact that colonization is a forceful and brutal rejection of people’s inalienable right to self-determination and independence. Therefore, we must understand that an equally forceful revolution must take place to achieve decolonization. The United Nations (UN) is unable to do that for us! Why?

The UN was designed by the triumphant nations of World War II to be able to do whatever they want with impunity. Those nations are empires, and therefore bullies!

Isn’t it ironic that the UN’s headquarters in New York City is in the US Empire? The US is considered by the world to be the biggest threat to world peace. How could it then be possible for the UN to achieve world peace, if empires refuse to decolonize, and the UN is impotent to make them comply with international law?

Colonies inevitable must take matters into their own hands. We must unilaterally begin to decolonize the minds of our own people to allow us to understand that only via a revolution could we force empires to return our sovereignty to us.

So let’s begin the great challenge of learning our real history that will drive us to engage in permanent resistance to force empires to comply with the UN’s Charter that specifically prohibits colonialism, and that they knowingly committed themselves to in 1945.

We must, because those who continue to enslave other human beings, can’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL!

We need to match the colonizer’s intensity in the opposite direction.

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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