Residente Says the United States Owes Puerto Rico [Interview]


By Jack Barnes

Celebrated Puerto Rican hip hop artist Residente has never shied away from using his stage as a political platform. In an explosive new interview with The Nation, the unrivaled international celebrity rips the United States for its colonialist treatment of Puerto Rico – discussing austerityliberationimmigration, his politicization, and the US response to Hurricane Maria.

“All of Central America has the authority to come here because the US messed with Central America so much in the ’70s and ’80s and provoked many of the current situations that we have now,” says Residente. “This isn’t a war cry, but a call to consciousness.”
“The failure [of the government’s response to Hurricane Maria] would have been thesame whether we had Trump or Hillary or Obama as president. All of them would have failed equally, because no US president in history has really cared about our situation.”
“There’s this awareness growing on the island right now at ten times the speed as before, and that’s promising for us because we have to improve internally before we can recover economically. Our self-esteem has to grow and we have to feel like we can do things for ourselves — that’s something that [the US] tried to take out of our system. That’s the recovery that’s going on right now. The people who lived on a cloud, thinking that being a colony was better, are realizing that it’s not, and that we need a new alternative.” Read More…

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