When the colony bites back

During the last weekend of September, President Donald Trump launched a tirade against San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz over the latter’s pleas for adequate and urgent federal help. Yulín criticized the speed of the Federal Government as to Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico, causing some on the Island to criticize the mayor for “playing politics”, or more accurately, for daring to bite the hand that feeds. Setting aside the particularities of whether or not Yulín is right on her portrayal, the reactions surrounding this event are telling of Puerto Rico’s colonial mentality. Namely, the Yulín-Trump feud, juxtaposed...

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