The Continental Puerto Rico

The island’s struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria reveals huge flaws in the media narrative and serves as a warning to the United States.

The Continental Puerto Rico

by Ash Brighton

Hurricane Maria thoroughly devastated Puerto Rico last September. Officially the worst natural disaster on record for the island, Maria did billions in damage to the northern Caribbean. The storm wiped out a large portion of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, leaving most of its population helpless in its wake. Less well-known is just how pervasive the misery continues to be over three months later. While the continental United States has largely recovered and moved on from a very rough hurricane season, Puerto Rico continues to founder despite receiving aid in abundance. Behind Puerto Rico’s many failures lie some trends which are damaging to the prevailing narrative.

One of the common J-Left fairy tales is that racial mixing is the solution to racism, and therefore to violent conflict which is assumed to somehow be a natural outgrowth of racism. Along with that are arguments that individuals having more than one racial background are smarter, more attractive, and so on. The foundation on which these claims are made is poor, but fortunately we have plenty of case studies, including Puerto Rico. The island’s racial profile is typical for a Latin American country. There’s a ruling caste of full or nearly full-blooded Europeans, and a huge racially-mixed population occupying slums around the major economic centers like San Juan. The residents themselves proudly acknowledge their combined Afro-Euro-Amerindian heritage.

Peer-reviewed studies have investigated this population using modern genetic analysis techniques. Based on these studies, it can be seen that the typical Puerto Rican is mostly of European ancestry, but will almost always have both Amerindian and African ancestry as well.

A sampling of multiple individuals from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. The European portion is blue, African green, and Amerindian red.

Same concept, different study focusing exclusively on Puerto Rico.

Racial admixture data with geographic context.

Despite the grand, unfounded promises of the benefits of racial mixing and diversity, Puerto Rico, which features one of the most miscegenated populations on the planet, is an incredibly violent place. The entire island has a murder rate akin to Saint Louis, a perennial contender for Murder Capital of the United States.

Puerto Rico’s Murder Rate compared to major US Cities.

This violence is not a recent phenomenon, but rather a historical norm for both Puerto Rico and Latin American countries as a whole. Moreover, it’s only getting worse:

Puerto Rico’s homicide rate over time.

Few people are surprised that Haiti can’t recover from a 7.0-magnitude earthquake after five years. That can be ignored or brushed aside by muttering things about “poverty” and the like. But in the case of Puerto Rico, such excuses are not as convincing. Hurricane Maria revealed the lack of a functioning local government to those who cared to pay close attention. Puerto Rico’s financials are a mess. A ruling government class, which at 26% of the overall workforce has many more members than the overall population justifies, lives a lavish lifestyle with benefits unheard of in the United States’ private sector. Of course, this is entirely fueled by astonishing levels of debt:

Puerto Rico’s Debt to GDP ratio, compared to American states.

In the wake of tragedy, this relatively huge governmental workforce has been ineffective at helping out Puerto Rico’s residents. It also made it clear that the local government spent very little on disaster preparedness, despite being in the most active region of Hurricane Alley. By all accounts, the United States Federal Government mobilized aid rapidly in response to the storm, delivering huge amounts of food, water, and temporary shelter, as well as stationing federal and military personnel both on the island and just offshore. While many articles have been written lamenting the continuing crisis, citing the lack of electricity, roads, and fresh water for large portions of the island, only a few have explored the ineptitude of the various local authorities in mobilizing and distributing the available aid. Supplies piled up at ports without any plans for distribution. Roughly 50% of the island’s residents are still without electricity. Debris is scattered everywhere while nearby residents look around for someone else who’s willing to raise a finger to clean it up. Puerto Rico’s workforce participation rate hovers around 40%; apparently the rest of that 60% can’t be bothered to lend a hand to help themselves and their neighbors. Instead, the local authorities, especially San Juan’s mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, criticize the federal government for not taking care of the entire process of rebuilding, restoration, providing medical aid, and distributing supplies. The media is, predictably, happy to amplify this narrative and direct it at President Trump.

San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, wondering where the aid could possibly be.

The population as a whole, from the welfare recipients to the governor, is expecting Uncle Sugar (read: you, dear reader) to clean up the mess and restore everything to the way it was before. While it is now indisputable that Puerto Rico can’t pick itself up after a disaster, the failures are far more systemic. The island has received billions in loans and aid by being a United States territory, and also gets access to the economic and legal systems of the United States, along with welfare benefits. All of the tools for success have been given to its residents, but these have largely been squandered. At one point, nine of the top ten ZIP codes for social security disability claimants were in Puerto Rico. Some claimants have successfully used their lack of English proficiency to receive benefits. The expensive lifestyle the island has enjoyed in the past few decades has conferred no benefits in the realm of education, either. Puerto Rico’s public schools are shockingly bad. They can’t even come close to competing with consistently-underwhelming continental public schools. Witness the contrast between Puerto Rico’s achievement in mathematics education compared to “National School Lunch Program” students (just call them…):

Puerto Rico Educational Achievement.

Yes, you’re seeing that correctly. Essentially no eighth-grade public school student in Puerto Rico performs at or above the “proficient” level in mathematics, and 95% are below the “basic” level.

Puerto Rico continues to demand even more, despite having nothing to show for what it’s been given. Its officials are constantly trying to get its massive debt forgiven, as the Puerto Rican government cannot possibly repay its creditors through standard means. Similar motivations lie behind its push for statehood. But overall, there is little hope for a better life for the average resident. So if you’re a Boricuan and you’ve had enough, what do you do? Well, you take advantage of your U.S. citizen status and head for the mainland, if you can:

Despacito, luego rapido.

After Maria, that slowly-increasing number surged to 200,000 arrivals, mostly to Florida. This has raised near-term concerns of possibly pushing the electorally crucial Florida over the point of no return into a blue state. This is certainly a valid concern, but there’s another, broader consideration in this mess. Puerto Rico is primarily a product of its people. Huge amounts of financial assistance and the benefits of being a U.S. territory have not brought it much above the standard of its independent neighbors. The United States on its current trajectory is destined to have little Puerto Ricos everywhere—multiracial slums full of government dependents who share a common underclass culture of indolence and violence, while having this lifestyle supported indefinitely via ever-expanding, unsustainable debt-fueled handouts. We’re already at the point where large swaths of states such as Florida and California have been given over to this phenomenon.

These failed communities will excel only in the art of extracting as many resources as possible from the tax-paying portion of the population, using democracy, the media, and professional agitators as their tools. Unfortunately, these growing barrios are meat grinders sucking in the White working class, which is thoroughly attacked and stigmatized in the popular culture, suffers endless attacks on its standard of living and future prospects, and is incentivized in many ways to destroy itself and fall into the “melting pot” which has been contrived for it. One of our moral imperatives as a movement is to act as a cultural bulwark against this force of decay and to rescue as many Whites as we can by showing them who they are and the dead-end of the dependency worldview that the Narrative dresses up as fashionable. Ultimately, this “continental Puerto Rico” threatens to mire the United States in debt repayment and sustaining a mass of hostile dependents who can’t take care of themselves, as everything that makes the country great slowly erodes to the standards of the Global South. The ongoing toxic water scandal in Flint and hepatitis outbreaks due to street defecation in San Diego are just two recent, high-profile examples of this degradation. This is the fate of the United States, and White civilization as a whole, unless we prevail against the multitude of challenges against us. In the fight to show others the truth, Puerto Rico’s current haplessness and its decades of failure should be referenced as a clear and powerful rebuttal to the lie of multiculturalism.

Ash Brighton

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