For the past month I’ve been back in my homeland of Borikén AKA Puerto Rico. This is definitely not the same place I grew up in. The amount of abandoned and derelict buildings in San Juan is staggering. Unemployment on the island is through the roof and so far this year almost 800 persons have been murdered. Nearly 250,000 Puerto Ricans have left the island to seek jobs in the US, and there are hundreds of thousands of empty homes.
Yesterday Puerto Rican voters elected a new governor and to end the colonial status of the island. After elections newscasters usually say that “the voice of the people has been heard” but when you look at the numbers, there is no consensus. A minority of people decide who will rule the mass of the populace, and this is true even in Puerto Rico which has extremely high voter turnout.
This is why I like graffiti, because unlike voting, there’s no rules on how you choose to express your political opinions, there are no pre-assigned choices like the farce of representative “democracy” and in a place that’s as broke as Puerto Rice, the rage on the walls is not erased that quickly.
Come back to this page for the next few months for more photos of graffiti from the streets of San Juan and Borikén.
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