A 15-year-old Boricua from Maryland refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at school. As someone who also refuses to stand for “the Pledge,” I offer a defense of her actions.
“Watching Me in My Dreams” – Las Carpetas
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on November 13, 2012
It must be said that on November 6, the majority of registered voters actually did not vote for statehood. According to the Puerto Rico State Election Commission, nearly 500,000 people or 26.3% of the ballots cast, opted not to vote for a status option.
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on February 23, 2012
Today, over 150 residents, activists, elected officials, and neighborhood merchants attended the Humboldt Park Community and Business Press Conference to show their indignation over the defamatory remarks made by the owner of Tipsy Cake about the community.
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on February 22, 2012
It all started with a mix of ill-humor and coded language from a mere Australian pastry chief, Naomi Levine. The infamous words: “I bought a bakery in Humboldt Park in 2006 and there were just too many gunshots in the cakes….” said on the City Soles TV promotion of her bakery, Tipsy Cake.
My great-grandfather, Marcos Burgos Santiago, died at the age of ninety-nine. Though he lived what many would call a long and full life, one thing haunts me. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Don Marcos resided completely under the rule of the United States. Almost one hundred years of life, and he never knew what it meant to live in freedom.
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on December 5, 2011
On October 17, 2011, Piri Thomas, a pioneering cultural champion of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, died at the age of 83. He constructed an incredible legacy on which a modern Latina/o literature was built upon.
“If we construct a New Boricua Diaspora aesthetic we can, with greater clarity, understand who we are and map out possible directions. Quite simply and unequivocally, we can begin to recognize and honor our beauty, particularities, and greatness and heal wounds of self-hate and cynicism. This, for what it is worth, is an invitation to dialogue and to create.”
According to the 2010 United States census, there are, for the first time in our history, more Puerto Ricans living in the U.S. than on the island. As time continues, less and less the children of Borinquen reside on our tragic Eden, despite the conviction that it remains our communal ‘home.’ The question why is important, but what characterizes our exiled existence as a hint to new collective directions is even more intriguing.
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on April 26, 2011
The Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) celebrated the opening of its new exhibition, “Lo Que Trajo el Barco.” The artists live in places of great distance from one another, but what they share in their art is a deep desire to grapple with and understand the Puerto Rican context.
By Xavier "Xavi" Luis Burgos on January 31, 2011
Oscar López Rivera is a political prisoner that history cannot forget.
The current, hotly contested debate on immigration is moving more into the realm of the extreme. And it is going to get hotter and ever more dangerous!