Why This American Living in Puerto Rico Supports Puerto Ricans’ Anger Over Ricky Leaks

I've read many articles about the current crisis on Puerto Rico. Most I've read were written by Puerto Ricans on the island or in the U.S. or Americans in the U.S. I have yet to see one by an American living on Puerto Rico reporting on Ricky Leaks. And before you get your panties in a bunch over me making a distinction between Puerto Ricans and Americans, allow me be the one to inform you the only people repeatedly referring to Puerto Ricans as Americans are liberal Americans—most of them White, cisgendered female. I have lived here 11 years and have never once heard a Boricua claim to be American or refer to other Puerto Ricans as American. Indeed Puerto Ricans—whether diaspora or living on the island—are American citizens, and yet Puerto Ricans don't identify as such. Ethnically and culturally Puerto Ricans refer to themselves as either Puerto Rican or Boricua—a Taino word Puerto Ricans adopted to refer to themselves. So here I am, an American living on Puerto Rico offering her two cents about what's going on here.

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