Puerto Ricans


The Great Debate: How Many Puerto Ricans May Migrate to Florida   Recently updated !

The great debate is on: How many Puerto Ricans will  migrate from the island to Florida over the next year? That is much on the minds of everyone from Central Florida to Puerto Rico, from everyday people to politicians. “More are coming?” remarked a non Hispanic white stranger to a […]


It’s 1898 All Over Again in Puerto Rico

It’s 1898 all over again in Puerto Rico. The island has not witnessed such scenes of poverty, devastation and heavy U.S. military presence since the early years of the 20th century, when General Nelson Miles came ashore in Guánica in the American invasion during the Spanish-Cuban-American War. For a second […]


Reinventing Puerto Rico after Hurricane María

Reinventing Puerto Rico after Hurricane María won’t be a quick fix. Puerto Rico is flattened – no water, electricity and communications with the outside world. It faces billions of dollars in uninsured damages from two hurricanes. The people are exhausted, possibly depressed, by the lack of resources. The governor and […]


Hurricane María Galvanizes Puerto Ricans in Central Florida 3 comments

The devastation caused by Hurricane María in Puerto Rico has galvanized the diaspora in Central Florida to  help the island. About 14 local and other groups have formed a coalition called CASA – Coordinadora de Apoya, Solidaridad y Ayuda – to collect basic supplies: water, batteries, disposable diapers, canned and […]


Puerto Ricans’ Thorny Response to Hate Speech

  Hate speech is a thorny issue, as recently proven by the Puerto Rican community’s reaction to the social media video of Puerto Rican Alex Michael Ramos of Georgia who rioted with white nationalists in Charlottesville and bragged of his dubious exploits. When confronted with the news, many in Orlando’s Puerto […]