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7. The End Of The Promises

La Brega

WNYC Studios and Futuro Studios

Podcast, Puerto, San, Historia, La, De, Vieques, Juan, Rico, Society & Culture, Levittown, Noticias, Brega

4.91K Ratings

🗓️ 24 February 2021

⏱️ 47 minutes

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Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States has long been a subject of intense debate. In 1952, Puerto Rico adopted a new status that was meant to decolonize the island. In English, we call it a “Commonwealth.” In Spanish, it’s called “Estado Libre Asociado”, or ELA. Puerto Ricans were promised for decades that this unique status meant they had a special kind of sovereignty while maintaining ties to the US. Now, a series of recent crises on the island have led many to question that promise, and to use the word “colony” more and more. In this episode, political anthropologist and El Nuevo Día columnist Yarimar Bonilla looks for those who still believe in the ELA, and asks what happens when a political project dies. You can get more resources for related issues at the Puerto Rico Syllabus website.

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Hey quick note, there are English and Spanish episodes of La Brega.


This is the English one.


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in Espaignol. Spaniel. I've noticed that outside of Puerto Rico, many people seem uncomfortable calling the island a U.S. colony. In English, you'll hear the word territory


or Commonwealth, protectorate, even, and that used to be the case in Puerto Rico too, but not anymore.


A motion in Puerto Rico, much, much.


A under a state that that if you see a Puerto Rico, a colloquia that is more


de colonization.


That's what is a colloquial, completely. That's what is a colonia completely?


That Puerto Rico is a colonia of the state of the United States.


What are colonia of the state of the United States?


A colonia, a colonia.


Not is a colonia.


People would twist themselves into pretzels to avoid the seaward.


And there's a reason for that.


Puerto Ricans were promised that they were not a colony.


This is Yerimar Bonilla. Yerimar is a political anthropologist. She writes


about places like Puerto Rico, Guadalupe, and Curacao, which are not independent states.


She has a column in the Puerto Rican newspaper in Lueuilla,


and she's also written for outlets


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