The United States of America has become the United Sociopaths of America. People lie, cheat, bully and betray each other, usually for money or status or sex.
But a fellow named Luis Ferrao reached a new low by kicking a dead man in the teeth – Don Pedro Albizu Campos – in order to launch his own career.
In 1990, on the 25th anniversary of Albizu’s death, Ferrao commemorated it with a Ph.D. thesis and a book which declared Don Pedro to be a “fascist.” Ferrao then enjoyed a two-year fellowship to Paris, paid by the government of Puerto Rico.
Now 25 years later, Ferrao commemorates the 50th anniversary of Don Pedro’s death by pulling the same wretched stunt: he joins the War against all Puerto Ricans by attacking the book which reports it.
Don Pedro was not a fascist. He was a patriot and a humanist of the highest order. He spoke six languages and spent 25 years in prison for his beliefs.
In defending Don Pedro and my book, I wrote two responses to Ferrao’s screed. The University of Puerto Rico published both of them, through their Diálogo publication.
Here is the first response:
Tomorrow I will provide you the second one.