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Op-Ed: Should We Stop Calling People Of Color ‘Minorities”?

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Who identifies as a “minority” when it comes to race in America? Many Fusion writers and editors find the label misleading and misplaced—and we suspect we’re not alone. What makes the word “minorities” (and, similarly, “nonwhite”) so loaded with misdirection is that it defines American people of color by the negative: not white. Using the terms racial “minorities” and “nonwhite” center all of us around whiteness, as though whiteness were the default against which people are determined.

“People of color” is Fusion’s suggested alternative. It doesn’t rely on whiteness as a default in the way “minorities” and “nonwhite” do. Except when individuals prefer identifying as minorities, Fusion supports ...

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Op-Ed: Oscar Lopez Rivera Brings Independence To the Forefront — And Puerto Ricans Take To It

Hartford Councilwoman Bermudez with to Oscar Lopez Rivera and her brother Pedro Bermudez and far right, her sister, Eva Bermudez.

Hartford Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez with Oscar Lopez Rivera (second  from right, her brother Pedro Bermudez (left) and far right, her sister, Eva Bermudez.  Councilwoman Bermudez invited Lopez Rivera to visit Hartford.

 

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            Edmundo Fernandez, the late patriarch of the family that produces Ron del Barrilito in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, told a story of having been a student at the exclusive Blair Academy boarding school in New Jersey during the Spring of 1917, when the Congress of the United States overrode the wishes of Puerto Ricos local legislature and imposed U.S. citizenship on the islands residents.

            Fernandez said he happened to be in the presence of ...

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SO WHAT ARE YOU? BORICUA OR YANKEE? Oscar Lopez Rivera and PROMESA Are Forcing Puerto Ricans to Take A Stand

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            So what are you?

            A Boricua or a Yankee?

            Those of you whove been double-dipping all this time should start thinking seriously about becoming one or the other, because after Sunday, June 11, it will become increasingly difficult to hide in the buffer zone between statehood and sovereignty.

            In case you havent noticed, that fence youve been sitting on your whole life crumbled last year when Puerto Rico declared itself incapable of paying $70 billion that its government allegedly borrowed to keep the island on life support, so that the United States can continue extracting $58.1 billion a year from the ...

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