The political status of Puerto Rico as been a contentious issue on the islands for more than a century, but many on the mainland have been unaware of this issue, either as a political question or as a matter of human rights. Recent events, however, have brought attention to Puerto Rico, and students throughout the U.S. are taking notice.
A growing number of mainland university newspapers and journals have included student writings on the status of Puerto Rico. Here are some examples:
- A debate on Puerto Rico statehood in the Stanford Daily
- Willie Santana’s article, “Incorporating the Lonely Star: How Puerto Rico Became Incorporated and Earned a Place in the Sisterhood of States,”in the Tennesse Journal of Law and Policy
- “The Puerto Rico Paradox” by Luis A. Ferré Sadurní in the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative
- “Shooting for the Stars (and Stripes): How Decades of Failed Corporate Tax Policy Contributed to Puerto Rico’s Historic Vote in Favor of Statehood” by Andrew E. Gerow in the Tulane Law Review
- “Puerto Rico Statehood: Do You Believe in Democracy and Equality?” by Julio A. Cabral Corrada in Cornell Review
- Colin Crowley’s “Puerto Rico’s voters prefer statehood; admittance would change dynamics of Congress” in Syracuse University’s Daily Orange
Evidence of serious consideration of the status of Puerto Rico in such a range of locations suggests increased awareness of the importance of the issue not only for Puerto Rico, but also for the nation as a whole.