Puerto Rico is still recovering from two disasters: last year’s Hurricane Maria and the continued onslaught of US neo-liberal economic policies. So what is the future of the Puerto Rican Left? Is statehood or independence the answer? The LMC asks these daunting questions with Fernando Tormos. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Scholars Strategy Network @ the University of Missouri-St Louis.
Amid the growing debate over immigration in the US, the island of Puerto Rico plays no role in the debate because of its status as a colony/commonwealth. However, our guest suggests that the history of Puerto Rican migration to the US before its colonial status offers us a vital frame of reference for today’s debate. Lilia Fernandez is a Prof of History @ Ohio State Univ and author of “Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in post-war Chicago.”