July 25, 1898 — United States invades Puerto Rico through Guánica
1917 — Puerto Ricans just happen to get their American citizenship the same time the United States joins WWI. As a big coincidence, many Puerto Ricans got sent to fight in the war.
1931 — Dr. Cornelius P. Rhoads injected Puerto Ricans with cancer cells. Suspicions came after he wrote this letter:
“The Porto Ricans (sic) are the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever to inhabit this sphere. They are even lower than the Italians. I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off eight and transplanting cancer into several more… All physicians take delight in the abuse and torture of the unfortunate subjects.”
Of course, Rhoads dismissed the letter as “just a joke” and no one found evidence of Rhoads killing the Puerto Ricans.
October 24, 1935 — La Masacre de Río Piedras (The Río Piedras Massacre): Colonel E. Francis Riggs commanded this attack against innocent Nationalist Party members in the University of Puerto Rico. Four Nationalist Party members died and and a police officer wounded.
1936 — Hiram Rosado and Elias Beauchamp assassinate colonel Riggs. Imprisoned and executed without trial.
April 3, 1936 — Pedro Albizu Campos (the biggest independence supporter in our history) and many other Nationalist party members are accused of sedition by the Federal Grand Jury. Albizu Campos was released in 1947.
March 21, 1937 — La Masacre de Ponce (The Massacre of Ponce): The Nationalist Party organized a march to commemorate the abolition of slavery in 1873 and to protest the imprisonment of Pedro Albizu Campos. They were exiting church, and as they were singing our national anthem, the Insular Police start shooting at the innocent civilians under the command of what was then an American-run government. 237 unarmed civilians were wounded amongst them women and children, 2 policemen were killed, and 18 unarmed civilians were murdered, amongst them a 7-year-old girl. One of the most famous images of this account was the inscription written on the wall with the blood of a victim: “¡Viva la república! ¡Abajo los asesinos!” (“Long live the republic! Down with the murderers!”)
1941 — The United States Navy starts using Vieques as a bombing test ground.
May 21, 1948 — “La Ley de la mordaza” (“The Gag Law”): Though written by our own Luis Muñoz Marín, who at first supported our independence but later on betrayed us, it was obvious that United States approved this law. This law forbade that anyone show the Puerto Rican flag, sing the national anthem, speak or write about our independence, or hold any meeting having to do with our political status.
1950’s-60’s — The Searle company used our Puerto Rican women as guinea pigs to test birth control pills. All of them were poor women who needed money and homes, and were promised to have those things if they participated in the testing program. 56 of the 176 women that applied were accepted into be given a home. Dr. Rice-Wray, who was one of the people that was in charge in all of this, wrote to another doctor in 1956: “We have had problems with some patients that have stopped taking the pill. In a few cases they have had nausea, vertigo, headaches, and vomiting. These few have refused to continue on with the program. Two have been sterilised. One husband hung himself, desperate because of his poverty.” Read more about this here.
Also, Agent Orange was tested here, causing huge ecological damage. It is also rumoured that it is the cause of some illnesses in some towns in Puerto Rico. Here are the exact places they sprayed Agent Orange (Scroll down a bit to get to Puerto Rico).
1960’s — The residents of Vieques start protesting the Navy testing bombs in their lands.
1975 — The United States says that they’ll leave Vieques, but they just go “lol suckers we aint leavin”
1981 — Oscar López Rivera is accused of sedition and is sentenced 70 years in jail (and we have many more political prisoners).
1994 — The United States Department of Energy admits to have run experiments on Puerto Ricans during the 50’s and 70’s, and that Pedro Albizu Campos was probably one of subjects (And honey, there were many other types of sick experiments that the U.S. did to us, but the list is getting too long).
1999 — The shit hits the fan. While the planes were testing out bombs, they kill a civil guard named David Sanes Rodríguez. You thought the Puerto Ricans weren’t pissed before? Now they are.
Richard Danzing, secretary of the Navy, gives out an apology, but Puerto Ricans ain’t eating his bullshit.
It is also found out the the cancer rate amongst Vieques residents is incredibly high. The Armada admits throwing over 267 grenades filled with Uranium in Vieques.
AND LOTS OF OTHER SHIT HAPPENED IN 1999 REGARDING VIEQUES. Go here. (Google translate that shit if you don’t speak Spanish.)
May 1, 2003 — The U.S. Navy finally hauls its ass out of Vieques.
September 23, 2005 — The FBI murders Filiberto Ojeda, leader of Los Macheteros. Los Macheteros were a clandestine paramilitary organization that considered United States rule over Puerto Rico oppressive, and desired liberty. Los Macheteros were also in charge of one the biggest cash heists in U.S. history. They stole 7 million dollars off a Wells Fargo depot September 12, 1983, and gave the money to the poor communities of Puerto Rico. Filiberto Ojeda was shot by the FBI, and left to bleed. The FBI also did not inform our Government about this operation, and basically the FBI did such a big mistake that even the statists were calling them out on their bullshit.
Now tell me, does it LOOK like the United States is going to accept us as the 51st state? Tumblr, stop spreading around that Puerto Rico is going to become the 51st state, because it’s not.