Residents say the United States owes Puerto Rico, not the other way around.
In the early days of Puerto Rico’s duet Calle 13, Residente was never afraid of politics. “As an artist, I feel a responsibility to talk about the factors that influence me and around me,” he said last year. He launched an attack against unfair practices such as the music industry and colonialism in Puerto Rico. He worked with Julian Assange, Eduardo Galeano and RubenBlades, and worked with UNICEF and amnesty international. In 2015, the Nobel peace prize was awarded for its social work and commitment to international human rights.
But while he is not afraid of the controversy, the residents of RenePerezJoglar have had a unique success. Calle 13 has won 22 Latin grammy awards, more than any other artist, and their video on YouTube has been watched hundreds of millions of times. The recently used project perez, resident, was named best city album and was nominated for the 2017 Latin grammy award for album of the year.
I spoke with peres about colonialism, Bernie sanders and the path to recovery after hurricane maria. The interview has been edited and streamlined.
Miguel salazar: I want to talk about Puerto Rico. You have been very critical of the fiscal control committee and its austerity measures, and it has become unworkable. In your opinion, what is the best way to advance in Puerto Rico? If you were the governor, what would you do?
Resident: the first thing to do as governor of Puerto Rico is to restore self-esteem and self-esteem. I think the United States has no respect for this country, and it has to be refunded – that’s the first thing any negotiation will do. You can’t negotiate with labels and try to negotiate without any pride, without bargaining power. If you don’t have that, how do you negotiate?
How did it come back? Never pay the debt to start. Not because it’s a bad reward, but to write a good letter that talks about the tangible and the intangible. Intangible assets have great value, which is the same value as the creative director in the company. What does it do? So he came up with some ideas. But how do you pay for each idea? It’s semi-invisible, only half empty, but it has some value, and sometimes even the things that affect the entire company.
As far as we are concerned, the intangible thing is all the losses that the United States has inflicted on the island. An invisible injury will make us feel that we have been counting on them for a hundred years. They have let us feel this way from school more than a hundred years ago. People don’t know what permanent damage they have – they don’t admit it. That has a value, I don’t know, $100 million.
So you put invisible things on a value until you say, “is this what I owe you? I think you owe us do damage to the environment, for them to murder [David] Sanes don’t bomb, for all the murders, Ponce massacre “you begin to enumerate the U.S. government, the central intelligence agency and so on by all of the murder. All that until today the sun. When they told you “we have to pay” or “we are going to discuss the debt”, you will take the letter to, tell them you have pride and you have the honor, and you return the money to the country. You’re saying, “I’m not going to pay for that.” This is a good start. If we have no pride, no courage, if we do not stop in front of the government, said: “look, this is wrong, they in history and it is wrong to do with us,” we’re not going to the side.
MS: Oscar lopez rivera’s release is a major victory for Puerto Rico’s independence movement, but he still needs more support. What do you think is the obstacle to the growth of this movement?