That awkward moment people think you’re not American

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have seen headlines of the debt crisis in Puerto Rico. The island is in a crippling debt of $72 million that it cannot pay back, according to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla. He is now urging Congress to allow the island and businesses on the island the same bankruptcy process that  is available to all 50 states.

It is no secret that Florida, specifically Orlando, has been one of the destinations many Puerto Ricans have chosen as their new home, in the search for better job opportunities and a safer place to raise families. That’s what we did 11 years ago. There’s even an expo hosted at the Puerto Rico Convention Center called the Florida Expo with the tagline, “I will go to Florida… and now what?

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c/o: Florida Expo

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 10.43.31 AMI love my island, I truly do, but I can’t lie and say that I would ever move back. I lead a happy and successful life here.

Which brings me to today’s post. On Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel posted a Facebook status targeted to families considering moving to Central Florida from Puerto Rico because of the economic crisis for an article they are working on.

dS6bMQH1xYiWSZGFlBgHGBO190PBD3GiGcvC5lLr226iIqEWw7ObUgIkpsp712lHHxwD79Sl7xKsvUU3l3xHO0X-GoY-Y5b6lerlqDlXJTOodWSfFBKihVuygLCZJD4uf8aj0_DNXAisLx3tmsbmnNhXe8CH4RHU9BJlRnALxGEqicDMLJBlQiaC4DjTCTgvpfOBV68BBogP884fCWERYGOut of curiosity, I clicked on the comments to see why people were choosing to move but was met with racist comments. I’ve never seen such ignorance… actually, I’m lying… remember when everyone complained when Marc Anthony sang the national anthem? It was something like that.

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 10.52.19 AMOne woman in particular, a little lady from Tennessee, crafted a poorly worded post riddled by grammatical errors complaining that Puerto Ricans should just stay in Puerto Rico. Why? Because we speak Spanish and this is America, damn it, and English must be spoken. Listen lady, the majority of Puerto Ricans speak both English and Spanish. Also, I’m not sure if you’re aware but the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory (hopefully it’ll become a state before I die), making us natural-born citizens of this country you love so much, so don’t tell me that I don’t have a right to be here.

So in conclusion…

I don’t need a visa.

I’m not an immigrant (check out this John Oliver rant on Puerto Rican ‘immigrants.’ He’s my fave).

I speak two languages.

I have just as much a right to live here as you do.

Please crawl out from under your racist rock, lady, so that I can continue with my funny posts and don’t have to get real with you.

xx

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