But so does the fact that Puerto Rico, which in political terms, and reality, is a U. Colony, that can’t get aid from other countries, without that aid first coming here, thanks to Jones Act (that he apparently waved earlier this morning). Also remember, it’s not just Puerto Rico but several other Caribbean islands that have been devastated including St.We can’t even fathom the extent of the devastation and probably won’t for months to come. Martin, the US and British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Barbuda (which is uninhabitable with 100% of its residents currently evacuated) and parts of Cuba.Maybe because I have a plethora of Puerto Rican extended family/friends, it hits closer to home.Or because I’ve spent time in places outside of San Juan, like Loiza, where there was just a huge community of Black folks, and because I have friends and godfamily who have people in P. that they still haven’t heard from, or that they’ve heard from and hear how they are suffering (ie: can’t keep their insulin cold enough due to the electricity situation) that I feel a responsibility to do something.I remember walking down the street with my dark brown skin and mini curly ‘fro.Someone driving by in a car yelled out of the window “VIVA CELIA CRUZ! I did, after all, very much so resemble Celia Cruz during her hey day.Pillow 9780739007167 0739007165 Rhythms & Rests - F Horn, Frank Erickson 9780160763731 0160763738 Code of Federal Regulations, Volume 38 - Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief, Parts 0 to 17, Revised as of July 1, 2006, Office of the Federal Register 9780739023945 0739023942 The Mark Hayes Vocal Solo Collection -- 10 Folk Songs for Solo Voice - For Concerts, Contests, and Recitals (Medium Low Voice) 9780739021002 0739021001 Yamaha Band Student, Bk 3 - E-Flat Baritone Saxophone, John Kinyon, John O' Reilly 9780769278179 0769278175 Six Duets, Vol 2 - Nos.
So as Harvey and then Maria ravaged the Caribbean, rather during the days following, I was deeply concerned.
While Celia was not Puerto Rican (she’s one of the most well known Cuban luminaries in history outside of Fidel Castro), and I’m not Latina, I immediately connected with that passerby’s observation of the proximity of myself, an African American women from the U. Black South, specifically New Orleans with the Queen of Salsa.
This was one of many examples of an immediate connection that I’ve experienced over the past 20 years of my life when I’ve come in contact with the greater Diaspora. During these travels and during my work, which is primarily based on the East Coast of the States and throughout Black communities internationally, I’ve also adopted and been adopted by many Diasporan communities.
While many of them don’t identify as “Black” or maybe even as Afro-Latino, they are still in Diasporic terms, just as black as your light skin family from Louisiana, actually darker in some cases and more phenotypically African.
I’m raising this point not to say that people’s identities should determine how we extend care and concern, but that I think it’s harder to disregard a humanitarian crisis when you are in close proximity to the people suffering from dire circumstances.