“To think that the Yankees are going to give us all their freedoms and all their progress for our pretty face is to think blindfolded. We could indeed have an unheard-of-manufacturing and business activity; but all this would be in their hands, monopolized, and exploited by them.” (Puerto Rico::The Flame of Resistance, 34). This statement from a Puerto Rican journalist emphasizes why she believes that Puerto Rico should not be controlled by America. This is a popular belief in Puerto Rico and America because of reasons regarding culture, independence, and the economy. It would not be beneficial to Puerto Ricans or Americans if Puerto Rico was made a state.
A great deal of Puerto Ricans are concerned that becoming a U.S. state will cause them to lose their culture. In the past few years Puerto Rico has managed to become a contender in international competitions, where it competes as a sovereign nation. "Puerto Rico is not a ...view middle of the document...
Puerto Rico would have to undergo this rule as well, and it may compromise the access of future generations of Puerto Ricans to their Hispanic heritage and culture, including it within the overwhelming English-speaking American culture.
Statehood would prevent Puerto Ricans from ever achieving the independence that they desire. Achieving Puerto Rican independence is the only great cause which can unite all Puerto Rican people and allow them to break out of the colonized mind set that they have and reclaim their dignity as a nation. Puerto Ricans do not want to give in to what they have been told time and time again, “Puerto Ricans in America and in Puerto Rico are taught three things: Puerto Rico is small and the US is big, Puerto Rico is poor and the US is rich, Puerto Rico is weak and the US is strong” (n.pag.). For Puerto Rico to accept statehood would be for them to give in to the pervasive American culture.
Puerto Rico becoming a state would not only affect Puerto Ricans negatively but also a great deal of Americans, due to the way it will hurt the economy. If Puerto Rico becomes a state Puerto Ricans will no longer be exempt from Federal Income Tax, that means that the government will have to give more money to more unemployed people. The 2010 Census Bureau data shows that 41% of people in Puerto Rico live in poverty, and their unemployment is at 13%. Many are aware of the economic state that the island is in as a citizen explains, “we do have the poverty we have, and we need to deal with [it], and that’s an issue, that’s going to be an issue as a state, as a territory, regardless” (n.pag.). Statehood would cost the U.S. government an additional $20 billion a year due to the U.S. benefit programs. Making Puerto Rico a state will leave a lasting impact on our country, and it may not be a good impact.
Puerto Rico should not become the 51st U.S. state. Puerto Rico should not obtain statehood because it will lead to the loss of Puerto Rican culture, Puerto Rico will never achieve the independence they desire, and because it will hurt the U.S. economy. Many Puerto Ricans fear that to accept full control by America will cause them lose their identity, that fear may become a reality.