3 weeks ago
the iconic bandera de lucha y resistencia. i remember watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” where he visited the island after Hurricane Maria and a resident said “the US treats Puerto Ricans like third-class citizens”. that hit me in my chest. they’ve been treated like crap by the US since 1898 but i was able to see that back in 2017. freaking Trump was casually throwing paper towels like it was a giveaway and gave false information on the amount of deaths the hurricane caused (which was off by THOUSANDS) - shit was unreal. and last month, the whole scandal with ex-governor Ricky Rosselló was insane. he was the first governor to resign in history due to the protest of the PEOPLE as he, and his cabinet, screwed over an entire nation. Puerto Ricans are loud for no reason but definitely make their voices heard and are resilient af. these are just few well-known traits. the residents exhibited the perfect example of “don’t fuck with us cause we will come for you”. un pueblo unido, forreal. from the island to the US mainland, it was beautiful to see the diaspora come together and protest with them. then walking through Viejo San Juan gave me chills. just seeing the messages and broken windows, it felt like i was transported. this was one of the many reasons i was excited to go there, to feel that.