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

The fact is that on July 25, 1898, American troops came uninvited to Puerto Rico, guns blazing, even though the U.S. government knew that Spain was virtually defeated by then. The invasion of Puerto Rico was designed to keep it as a spoil of war. The decadent Spain government protested, to no avail, when the U.S. insisted in keeping Puerto Rico as a “war reparation.”

We have been under the thumb of two empires, one European, the other American. Empires dominate, exploit, distort and belittle their colonies, which Americans call “territories.” So, I have no sympathy for Americans now pretending to claim Mónica’s gold as theirs. She is ours, because she feels ours.

Those in the U.S. who now say, “wait a minute, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory” show their ignorance with that pathetic, narcissistic rant. Grow up and face the fact that the U.S. is a bully. Meanwhile, we Puerto Ricans should never aspire to be more than what we are. We should aspire to be the best that we can be as islanders in the Caribbean. For my part, I’m thankful that we will never be an empire.