I was chatting with a friend yesterday about how officials in Puerto Rico should just start dropping aid/donations by helicopter or airplane. However, this morning a local Spanish radio station here in Tampa made a good point. They said that if officials took that route of dropping aid from the sky, it would be total chaos, and it’d probably be even more disastrous. Can you imagine the people fighting over packages during this desperate time? So, I get the issue. I get that it is not as easy as people think to distribute aid. In our minds & hearts, we (those in the U.S. states) would be there frantically distributing aid ourselves. However, there are so many things to consider (i.e. damaged infrastructure, logistics, sanctions, safety, etc…). I’m sure that there are ways to get around all of that in a timely manner, but it’s just not happening & I don’t know why! It’s like having your hands tied and having a carrot dangling in your face. The bottom line is that no one was ready for this natural disaster. If you were worried about everyone in the Caribbean & were praying your butt off when the hurricane was approaching, you need to worry and pray for all of them now more than ever because they need it. Donations also should not cease as they will need our help for a very long time. I know that natural causes are beyond our control but we pride ourselves as the greatest nation on Earth and we look pitiful right now by allowing this humanitarian crisis to get worse & worse.
Let’s not forget about the forced sterilization that occurred in PR in the 1930s (and throughout communities of color within the U.S.), funded by the US government, which caused 35% of Puerto Rican women to become sterile. It was done to control “undesirable” populations (i.e. people of color, the poor, the disabled)! It was all Eugenics (controlled breeding). Health workers went door-to-door coercing Puerto Rican women into having a hysterectomy or tubal ligation. Most Puerto Rican women had no idea that sterilization through tubal ligation was a permanent form of contraception! The government used the term “tying of the tubes” to make them think that they could reverse it but they were permanently scarred. Why? because we were inferior to them!!! If they went door-to-door then, why aren’t they going door-to-door now to help our people!!!??? You already know the answer.
Borikén is translated as Puerto Rico in the Taino language and it means "Land of the Valiant and Noble Lord".