No America, You can’t claim Monica Puig’s Puerto Rico gold medal win as your own
Lynnette Cantos

I grew up on the East Coast of the US and spent a a large amount of time in Florida including college, areas that have a lot of Puerto Ricans, with many Afro-Latino/as. For that reason, some aspects of Puerto Rican culture are familiar to me because it inhabited some of the same spaces I experienced Black culture.

Whereas I wouldn’t want to add 1 to USA’s total and reduce PR’s total to 0, I do celebrate her accomplishment both as a Boricua and as an fellow American, someone not unlike people I grew up/went to school with.

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