Regrann from @nuestra_patriapr - Some of y’all are so pressed about the parade and don’t even know the meaning of the parade. At one point in history it was illegal to own a Puerto Rican flag, it was a crime to sing our national anthems, it was a crime to even say Viva Puerto Rico Libre, it was and still is a crime to be Boricua! The parade wasn’t just a parade it was a celebration of our resistance, it was a celebration of our strength. It was a celebration of our existence, it was a celebration of our courage! It wasn’t sponsored by Coca-Cola, jet blue, Goya, it wasn’t a celebration of capitalism and oppression. I marched 2 years back to back in the parade with political messages, one denouncing La Junta and the other in solidarity with the student of the UPR both times staff from the Puerto Rican day parade attempted to stop us, to silence our message of resistance, it was an attack on our free speech and right to demonstrate! For 2 years the media didn’t cover us, they switched cameras or went to announcers when we reached key areas. The parade has not carried the same message it did on April 13, 1958, the parade is just that a parade, a show, an acknowledgement of obedient colonial subjects that suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, who obey their masters every command. I will always cherish the parade for what it was, for what it meant, for what it stood for, but I feel that it no longer represents me or what I stand for and I will no longer participate nor acknowledge something that celebrates the chains we our bounded by rather than the resistance we once collectively stood for. For all those marching with a message I stand with you, I uplift you and hold you. I do say thank you for your courage and dedication to our nation and people.
QUE VIVA PUERTO RICO LIBRE! #4645 #PuertoRicanDayParade #PRParade #HistoryOfPuertoRico #HistoryOfResistance - #regrann