Breeding Boricuanism in USAricans By Irene F. Vázquez (Mrs. Don Jíbaro)
hen I saw the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, I realized how
other cultures can identify with it. A group of people can
immigrate to another country and still bring their culture
with them, bring up the next generation, their kids to be
like them… loving the food, the language and marrying into
their own race.
Now, those who’ve seen the movie, know that the parents
seemed to overdo their culture by ignoring the ways of the
land that they live in or looking at the other ethnic groups
in a negative way. The heroine of the movie seemed to look
into the American way of life wistfully rather than into her
Greek’s family’s. Yet, she recognized and understood the
traditions … she spoke the language and ate the food. She
knew the folkloric ways that identified them. She marries a
non-Greek who embraces her culture, seeing the uniqueness of
it and makes it his own.
How Pedro Albizu Campos
Got a Bad Deal (September 12, 1891 – April 21, 1965)
a Puerto Rican attorney and politician, and the leading figure in the Puerto
Rican independence movement. Gifted in languages, he spoke six; graduating from
Harvard Law School with the highest grade point average in his law class, an
achievement that earned him the right to give the valedictorian speech at his
However, hostility towards his mixed racial heritage would lead to his professors
delaying two of his final exams in order to keep him from graduating
on time. During his time at Harvard University he became involved in the Irish
struggle for independence.
Ponce Massacre of 1937
...was a police slaughtering over a peaceful civilian march, taking place in 21
March 1937 at 3:15 pm, in Palm Sunday, Ponce, Puerto Rico, that killed 19 people
and wounded over 200 others. It is the largest massacre in Puerto Rican history.
The march had been organized by the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party to
commemorate the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico by the governing Spanish
National Assembly in 1873. The march was also protesting the U.S. government's
imprisonment of the party's leader, Pedro Albizu Campos, on alleged sedition
charges. READ MORE
Some of the most remarkable
classical pieces in music history have been converted into
salsa by the genius of Sverre Indris Joner... Wait! This the
Symphonies like you never heard them before. Pay attention
to the syncopation and the relationship between two or more
melodies that are independent in contour and rhythm and are
harmonically interdependent. WoW! Beethoven's Fifth
Popular belief is La Rogativa marks the birth of “puertorriqueñismo,”
or local patriotism because it was the first time local
civilian islanders fought for their island.
Lindsay Daen of New Zealand completed the statue in
1971. It stands 12-feet high in front of an old sentry
box and a beautiful view of San Juan Bay.
El Grito de Lares (The Cry of Lares)
Also referred to as the Lares
Uprising, the Lares Revolt, the Lares Rebellion, or as the
Lares Revolution, was the first major revolt against Spanish
rule in Puerto Rico. The short-lived revolt was planned by
Ramón Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis. It began on
September 23, 1868 in the town of Lares, for which it is
named, and spread rapidly to various revolutionary cells
throughout the island.
In the 1860s, the government of Spain was involved....
The sugar cane industry dominated the Puerto Rican
economy for the longest time between the 1930s and the
1960s. Puerto Rico had sugar processing plants in
practically every other town. Yes, they were sweet
The Puerto Rico
to suppress the independence movement in Puerto Rico in Puerto Rico
in 1948, it became illegal to sing the national anthem "La
Borinqueña" or display of the Puerto Rican flag in public (Gag Law)
with a penalty of 10 yrs. in prison. The Law was repealed in 1957.
The new flag, which consisted of five equal horizontal
bands of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; a blue
isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bears a large,
white, five-pointed star in the center, was first flown in
Puerto Rico on March 24, 1897, during the "Yauco"
revolt. READ MORE
How to Read and
Understand The Bible These guidelines are designed for a better understanding of
the Bible. You should know the Bible verses by heart and must
have sound “hermeneutics” or a correct interpretation for
each one of them. This is imperative to avoid a chain
reaction of biblical heresy that will be passed on and on.
The Importance of Garlic By Don Jíbaro Orlando When I was a ten year old child in Puerto Rico sometimes I’d
eat dinner at my friend’s house next door, if I happened to
be there at dinner time. My friend’s mother cooked the most
delicious “arroz y habichuelas colorás” that I had ever
tasted. Yummee! That lady could cook! Her rice and beans
needed no meat! When I asked her how did she cooked such
tasty beans and if I could learn to cook like that, she said
her secret was “culantro y ajo” (coriander and garlic) but
the main ingredient was garlic.
Recently, man harassed a woman wearing a Puerto Rico
shirt because she "should not be wearing that in the
United States of America". These are ignorant bullies
that harass the innocent, especially women. Had it been
a 6' 4" Boricua Mulatto full of muscle wearing that
Puerto Rican t-shirt, it would have been a different
Incredible Uncle Genaro When the weather was hot and humid in Bayamón, my blind
Uncle Genaro used to say... "¡Que caló, mi amo, que caló...
pero no ej el caló, ej el vapó!".
YES! My uncle was an exceptional man...
Everyone has an uncle or member of the extended family
that stands out from the rest. Whether it’s the
“barrigón” bachelor uncle who drinks a lot of beer or
the church going purist aunt who doesn’t shave her legs,
we all have one. Well, I have one, too! And if you allow
me say it, my uncle Genaro was very special.
HIS STORY HERE
The Puerto Rican Black Eye by
Don Jíbaro Orlando The Black Eye Syndrome is
simple. Let's say you have an uncle who's in jail for
burglary, that's a "black eye" to the family. You have a
sister who wears red and works the street corners...
that's a "black eye" to the family. If any of the above
is caught on TV Radio or Newspapers... that's a BIG
"black eye" to the family and they're on Facebook or
Twitter, that's a HUGE "black eye".
Heart of Unbelief When
I was a kid our neighbor gave a party and invited the whole
barrio (hood). Once at his house, I noticed my friend Chebo
was outside by the window, peeking in.
"Come on in, Chebo" I said.
But he said: "No, I wasn't invited." I replied: "But, the whole neighborhood was invited, come
But Chebo insisted: "No, I wasn't invited." So he stayed
Chebo's heart was hardened by the deceitfulness of his own
heart and unbelief. He lived a life of jealousy, envy and bitter remorse
because he didn't always get what he wanted, but hated those
"See to it that none of you has a wicked heart of unbelief
that turns away from a living God." —Hebrews 3:12
a Note: Because of the failure in the enforcement of laws people
are doing whatever they want, rather that what they
should. They fail to follow the instruction of police
officers when stopped for a simple traffic violation.
They run when nobody is chasing them... Such lawlessness
will backfire and prompt the government to say: "THAT'S
IT! --- No more freedom." This will lead to them tightening the grip they already have on the
citizens leading us to a totalitarian degraded world
where you will have a microchip embedded in your wrist
in order to be able to buy, sell or go about your
business. So obey the local laws of the land... It's for
your own good!
You can tell that the hut was hand made, with materials
found all around. Those were simple days. They didn't
have much for what they had was enough... and an oil
drum full of water.
Profiling Racial profiling is the act of suspecting or targeting a
person of a certain race on the basis of observed
characteristics or behavior, rather than on individual
suspicion. More commonly in the United States, racial
profiling is referred to regarding its use by law
enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels, and
its use leading to discrimination against people in the
African American, Native American, Asian, Latino, Arab,
and Muslim communities of the U.S. In European
countries, the term "ethnic profiling" is also used
instead of racial profiling.
One of the main reasons we have racial profiling in the
inner city is not just the color of the skin as it is
the continuity of offenses done by those ethnic groups
in the past. If you’re hispanic and you spit on the
church floor, then all hispanics are now church floor
spitters. So, you must live in a way that we don’t get
blamed for what you do.
Has Another Problem It's true, even before the hurricane, Puerto Rico had a big
problem. Whatever USA thought about overseeing the problem
it stayed at just observing the mess and hold their chins.
We can agree that the problem lies in lack of Puerto
Rican leadership and that maybe the reason why it PR
can't get any help from the USA.
They think the island has failed and the
governor has a giant stack of money somewhere in some secret
bank while asking The Feds for $100 billion to fix the
READ MORE HERE
A glimmer of hope... The strength that comes to you when
you know you have to move on forward, beyond your
inabilities and obstacles, towards that prize of
satisfaction of a job well done.
Our lives are determined by our choices.
then, choose wisely. Wisdom comes from knowing how to use
the information and experiences for our own good, Most
people are not wise. The Scriptures offer wisdom by giving
us advice and telling us about how fools make the same
mistakes over and over (ex: Book of Proverbs, Psalms,etc).
Folks don't want to be told what to do or how to do it. They
repeat their mistakes. I choose to give encouragement and
motivate my friends towards a better life. We all can use
that kind of friendship. Most people appreciate and respect
me. That's encouraging. Someone who's there that makes you
feel comfortable telling them your problems, listening to
The world is not going to change to my liking, so I HAVE TO
LEARN TO LIVE IN IT... with all the idiots and crazies...
and wise men (if you can find them). My wife and my children
are happy and successful because we have always make time
There's no greater love that a man laying down his life for
a friend. I want friends like that, and when you find them
TREASURE them, because they are rare!!!
Birth of Fake News by
Don Jíbaro Orlando In the 1960s Jimi Hendrix wrote a song about
extraterrestrials visiting Earth... He quipped: "Thank you.
As you well know, you just can't believe everything you see
and hear, can you?" So today, we hear and see about wars, rumors of wars,
people dying, discoveries and a myriad of news. The term
"fake news" or "alternative news" comes to mind. It's
everywhere and we have to do a bit of research before we bet
our lives on them.
News is a big business and news people must have
something to say in order to sell information. Some news
sources have opted to fabricate news in order to sell
sensationalism. Sometimes you read about some celebrity that
"bought a new rug" !!! Time Magazine recently twitted an
article about what some famous people eat or breakfast
Let's live, therefore, to lift up the reputation of our
culture through GOOD works... The culture that others sadly
continue to defile. It's up to US to thrive and bring back
the Honor and Respect. Think about it. HONOR and RESPECT.
The Religions of the World
man falls into a hole and realizing he can't get out
desperately calls out for help. He hears someone walking
BUDDAH --- "Use the precious human life and the
intelligence and mind that you now possess for the
understanding that because you create your own
suffering, you can also create your own true liberation
and a way to get out of the hole." He then walks away...
SHIVA-VISHNU --- "There is one God who manifests
in the form you choose and he is also within you now! So
choose the form wherewith God shall deliver you from
that hole." He then walks away...
ISLAM --- "Total submission to Allah as ordained
in Quran and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Sallam's
ISLAM... Once you desire such favor to kill
some infidels Allah might help you out of the hole." He
then walks away...
JESUS --- "Give me your hand so I can pull you
Dear Don Jibaro, Why is it that there are some Boricuas that think they are
white even though 94% of us are mulatto, trigueño, negro, or taino. I know we are a mixture of 3 races (African, Taino,
and Spaniard). Many Boricuas are ignorant of their roots.
What do you think? —Thanks, Jesse Ramos
Dear Jessie... WELL... White is erroneously equated with "better", and I
noticed that you've anglicized your name which is probably
José, right? Anyway, my mother (RIP), who was from Corozal, PR was blond,
had green eyes and had no idea what a white person is, as
opposed to a brown or black, et al. It's all in the
upbringing. If your father told you that you can go
"through" walls, you're gonna end up with a lot of bumps on
your forehead and a broken nose many times over (unless you
get the hint) You are what you are, and what you are is
based on how much you know about your roots, more than your
upbringing... I wrote an article on Puerto Rican Identity
that will shed some light on this dark matter. (pun
READ ARTICLE HERE
is one of my inspirations for Internet work
concerning Puerto Rico, its culture and its people.
She's an internet pioneer with her website about
Puerto Rican folklore dating back to 1995...
Both her website and her monthly magazine are
dedicated to our descendants, the children of Puerto
Ricans, so that they can remember our culture, learn
about their roots and history, and be proud to call
themselves Boricuas and Puertorriqueños. EL BORICUA,
see her work HERE
On Dreams by Tony Alicea PLEASE allow me to tell you an old anecdote that I
wrote years ago about dreams... I have always been able to
fly like Superman in my dreams, possibly because as a kid I
was a devoted Superman comics fan.
Last night, after the usual discussion as to how these dudes
and dudettes did not exist except as chemical reactions in
my brain, suddenly I said "but wait! I can prove it!". It
had not occurred to me in previous dreams...
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