As we encounter the impact of the conflagration caused by the ABC Work it controversy, let’s use this moment to love, respect and extoll the contributions of the many cultural heroes who sacrificed so much by being pioneers in a world that rejected them and still does so till this day. Let’s not target our own even if they were the conduits of the insult for that is a trap threatening to divide us within ourselves even at this nascent state.
We are living in the beginning of the First Major Puerto Rican Cultural Renaissance of the 21st Century. We need to project ourselves as we are: a loving people known for our courage and tenacity in everything from the fields of battle to the halls of Congress. Let’s remind those who would denigrate us that it was a Puerto Rican actress, Rita Moreno, who distinguished herself for being the first to win every major award an actress could ever have.
Let’s be patient and understand that it will take building a new conversation where we use social media to articulate a vision of possibility and renewal.
No one has a monopoly on truth much less has the right to lord it over others. We are learning and we are growing. Our awareness is sharpening as the reality unfolds before us.
Let’s not resort to self-righteousness that allow us to fall into the trap of a type of pride that rejects others or that others may perceive as such.
Most of all, let’s practice what we preach.
I promise to do the same and work as a solder in this new movement under the guidance of this new generation of warriors who are infinitely smarter and more connected than my generation ever was.
Let’s make sure they are not silenced. Most of all, it’s the enemy within that is most powerful. Let’s not allow others to divide us from one another and cause us to sacrifice our own due to ego and false pride. My generation allowed this to happen to us. Don’t allow it to happen now.