Another year, No parade For me
And many others.
Every since I was 16, I have tried to go to the Puerto Rican day Parade. And every, I have failed. Usually it is a simple reason. I have no one to go with; I heard about possible gang activity; MTA construction caused the trains to go haywire. I mean, there are a lot of things that have kept me from that parade, as well as many others. But this year is different. This year not going means something.
This year’s parade is meant to honor the man above. Oscar Lopez Rivera.
I like many others did not know who this man was. So I did some reasearch and this is what I found.
Rivera is a Puerto Rican terrorist known to be one of the leader’s of the FALN, a paramilitary organization responsible over 120 bomb attacks on targets within the United States. He was arrested in May of 1981 and tried by the US government for “ for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property.”
In August, he was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in federal prison.
In 1988, he was sentenced to an additional 15 years for conspiring to escape from the federal prison.
In 1999, Clinton offered him and 13 other FALN members clemency on the condition they renounce violence, Rivera declined.
He sentence had been commuted by Obama in January of this year and Rivera was released on May 17 of this year.
While many people argue that he never took place in any of those crimes, he was one of the organizations leaders. Meaning, much like with the followers of ISIS, His followers believed in hi words and what he believed. He, at the very least, inspired these attacks. And for that very reason, For what he represents, he should not be honored.
And many people think so.
Several sponsors have pulled out of the parade already including, Coca Cola, Goya, The Yankees,WNBC, Telemundo and many more. The most recent to pull out was Governor Cumo.
Even the Governor of Puerto Rico is slamming the organizers of the parade saying in a NY Post article that is it wrong to try and make Rivera seem like a hero.
”… I can tell you the mast majority in Puerto Rico opposes this, and they have good reasons. Nobody wants to celebrate his actions. I firmly reject this being associated with the people of Puerto Rico.”
That is just what is being done. They are trying to celebrate this man and his actions. His actions of violence and crime. This is what they want to represent Puerto Rico.
Instead of honoring and celebrating one of the thousands of other Puerto Rican people who have actually bettered society.
You choose to honor a terrorist.
Another year, No parade for me.