Born American, never accepted as American

Ramon Fontaine
Pittsburgh, PA

Since 1917, and before Alaska and Hawaii, Puerto Ricans have been US citizens. We have fought in every US war since WWI and have lost thousands of lives defending the US Constitution. But for some reason, Puerto Ricans are not often seen as citizens and lumped into the same category as migrant workers or illegal immigrants.

The six words I chose to write on my Race Card, help me describe the frustration I feel every time one needs to correct someone who ignorantly assumes that because my first language happens to be Spanish, I therefore must not be American.

 

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