by José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico
The majority of United States (US) citizens are oblivious to the fact that their country is an empire.
Daniel Immerwahr, an associate history professor at Northwestern University, wrote a book on this subject called, How to hide an empire: A history of the Greater United States. Click on the following link to watch a Democracy Now video interviewing the author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvlUGYvLg0s
It is important to highlight that the US Empire doesn’t begin with the American – Spanish War of 1898. The author explains that, as the US expanded westward, the territories converted into states were the ones populated by a majority of Whites. He categorized that as a form of internal colonization.
Another interesting revelation that the historian makes is that the United States Government (USG), prior to 1910, was comfortable with saying that it had colonies. But after that, it decided to use instead the word “territories” when speaking of them in order to be more politically correct.
I propose that Democracy Now make an important contribution in decolonizing Puerto Rico by making a commitment to broadcast live every year the United Nations’ (UN) annual Puerto Rico decolonization hearing. The 2016 hearing has been the only one that we have been able to broadcast thus far. Click here to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otzBslJLbI0
These hearing have never been broadcasted live on a regular basis. This has been one of the ways that, like the author’s thesis of his book, the Unite States government has tried to hide 120 years of Puerto Rico being its colony. This year’s hearing will be on Monday, June 17, 2019. They are usually on the Monday after Fathers’ Day.
All people of good will should engage in permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with the UN’s Charter that prohibits colonialism since 1945, and the 37 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.
We should all get involved, because those who hide that they are committing a crime against humanity don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697349163904877/
Let the US Empire be seen!