This Article examines the United States' 100-year-old failed promise. In addition to detailing the unequal citizenship status of the people of Puerto Rico, this Article examines the role that racial and ethnic-based prejudice has played in this issue. 34 Essentially, this Article seeks to compare the traditional legal and political rhetoric of American inclusiveness and the virtues of U.S. citizenship to the reality of colonialism and the impact white supremacy has had on U.S. colonial history. By addressing the subordinated status of "aliencitizens," this Article illustrates the incompatibility of equality under colonialism. As Congress addresses the question of Puerto Rico's status once again, it is vitally important that issues relating to racial and ethnic prejudice are not forgotten.
The Alien-Citizen Paradox and Other Consequences of U.S. Colonialism
, 26 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 1
Available at: http://ecollections.law.fiu.edu/faculty_publications/317