…rto Rico is still convulsing; there were 15 aftershocks in the time it took me to write this piece. I don’t expect Americans to unlearn 122 years of imperialism and begin to care enough to shift the tides any time soon. After all, if there’s anything us colonial subjects learn early, it’s that we can only count on one another if we want to survive.
It’s hard to read this any other way than as an implicit call for independence. But, as I’ve (hopefully friendlily) argued with the author before, the fact that it remains implicit does not help advance a solution to the problems she so ably describes.