It’s true that a slim majority of Puerto Ricans supported statehood in the last plebiscite. If you put it up against the other options, probably a plurality of Puerto Ricans want statehood. If that’s enough for Americans to think it’s a good idea and advocate for it to their elected officials, they have my blessing and I wish them luck. They’re gonna need it.

But it may be worth considering not just *what* we want but *why* we may want it. Americans are so good these days at discussing how decades of discrimination and injustice continue to reverberate in the…


The recent remake of FF7, one of the most iconic video games of all time, has something to say about storytelling in the age of reboots and remakes.

Note: This essay was originally published in May 2020 on another platform — from which it was mysteriously deleted.

It’s not even a little hyperbolic to call Final Fantasy VII Remake the most highly anticipated video game of all time. The original, released in 1997, became an instant classic. You can read many other articles to understand why. Suffice it to say it cemented Final Fantasy as a cultural phenomenon that has spawned not just a dozen more games but films, cafes, an orchestral concert series… I could go on.

The calls for a remake that would do the game…


Originally published in Latino Rebels on January 21, 2021. You may note that, over at LR, the piece’s title ends with an question mark instead of a period. That was an editor’s addition, which I appreciate, but the period is a more accurate reflection of my sentiment.

Supporters of statehood for Puerto Rico are on the clock.

On January 5, when Georgians ensured the Democratic Party would control the U.S. Senate, House, and presidency for at least the next two years, they also created the best political environment for Puerto Rican statehood in recent memory — perhaps ever. …


Publicado originalmente en Latino Rebels el 19 de mayo de 2020

La gobernadora de Puerto Rico acaba de anunciar que este noviembre, junto con las elecciones generales, se celebrará un plebiscito “Estadidad: Sí o No” sobre el estatus de Puerto Rico. Las reacciones de quienes no apoyan la estadidad (grupo en el que me incluyo) no se han hecho esperar. Dicen que es una mera táctica electoral para atraer a los estadistas a las urnas y seguir engañando a los ingenuos que creen que la estadidad sigue a la vuelta de la esquina. Eso es cierto. Dicen también que se…


No se trata de una fe ciega en el afán descolonizador que, acepto, no tiene Sanders ni nadie. Se trata de ir cambiando, poco a poco, las condiciones sociopolíticas de las que se nutre la colonia.

Revive el debate sobre la participación de los puertorriqueños en la elección primaria presidencial estadounidense en la isla. Queda estipulado que la mera existencia de una primaria en Puerto Rico, cuando no podemos votar en las elecciones generales, es uno de tantos artefactos absurdos de nuestra condición colonial. Para muchos, con eso nada más es caso cerrado. Supongo consideran que votar en la primaria por un presidente estadounidense les haría cómplices del coloniaje que posibilita tal voto. Entiendo esa postura, simpatizo con ella, la he compartido anteriormente y quizás la compartiría hoy con cualquier otro candidato. …


En el paro nacional del 22 de julio. (Foto del autor)

Sin orden específico…

1. …excepto el primero, que tiene que ser éste: honor a quien honor merece. A los jóvenes y no tan jóvenes que protestaron día tras día. A los que aguantaron gas lacrimógeno. A los que convocaron, caminaron, gritaron, bailaron, hicieron arte, hicieron patria y, al fin y al cabo, hicieron historia. El país les debe una deuda incalculable. Gracias por enseñarnos o recordarnos que a veces hay que tirarse a la calle, y que “El puertorriqueño dócil” habrá sido por mucho tiempo un diagnóstico acertado, pero no tiene que ser nuestro destino.

2.El ELA es antidemocrático. Las…


Fotos que nos hacen daño…

Resulta profundamente irónica la reacción, a veces burlona y otras indignada, de “la izquierda” boricua ante el apoyo de Ricardo Rosselló a la oposición venezolana, y a su pretensión de convertir a Puerto Rico en el “centro logístico” de dichos esfuerzos. No porque la iniciativa no merezca todo tipo de crítica y mofa, pues las merece con creces. Sino porque, en este tema, como dicen los amigos de Ricky, the joke’s on us. …


(Almost) absolutely nothing, if you’re from Puerto Rico.

Is the American flag flying higher than the Puerto Rican flag? Or is it… a matter of perspective?

I work at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a center at Tufts University devoted to advancing people’s participation in their communities and in democracy. (The views expressed here, and always, are my own.) It used to be called the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. A few years ago we changed the name, for several reasons. Perhaps chief among them was a concern that the word “citizenship” evoked increasingly rancorous debates about immigration, and alienated undocumented individuals and their allies.

I like the new name, but I remain unconvinced by that particular argument for the change…


We’re so sorry about this.

Hello, my fellow American citizens! I’ve been reading a lot about Puerto Rico lately because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love disaster porn, and because the media has helpfully packaged your struggles in bright, colorful, TRUMP IS BAD wrapping paper that I, well-meaning liberal, am drawn to like a moth to a flame. (Lesson #1: Even when it’s about you, it’s really about us.) Anyway, I’ve read a couple of long-form thinkpieces on how Puerto Rico’s status is so problematic and, honestly… I think it’s time for us to break up.

Look, this is really awkward for me to say…


There are, I think, three sounds that I will remember with perfect clarity until the day I die; one joyous, one harrowing, and one a pure distillation of advancement and achievement — of the satisfaction that comes from hard work and a job well done.

The first is the first cry, or maybe the first word, of my future firstborn. (I’m assuming.)

The second I unfortunately heard more than once, a few years ago when my longtime girlfriend hurt her back. …

Alberto Medina

Writer/editor. Communications Specialist. Supporter of Puerto Rican Independence.

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