Ignorance at Harvard: How Albizu Campos’s Alma Mater Reported the Revolution of 1950

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


Throughout his entire life, the only time that Harvard University published anything about Pedro Albizu Campos, was when he went to jail.

This was typical of “US journalism” about Puerto Rico.

The New York Times reported the Ponce Massacre as a “Puerto Rican riot.”

The Washington Post described the Nationalist Party as “communists.”

The Harvard Crimson was no different.

Within one week of the Nationalist revolution of 1950, the Crimson rushed to print with the following article:


The ignorance of this article, is as wide and deep as the Atlantic Ocean which separates Puerto Rico from Washington, D.C.

It said nothing of the agricultural strike of 1934…the cause of Don Pedro’s imprisonment.

It had no problem with a government that “threw every Nationalist and Communist they could find into jail.”

It suggested a bizarre connection between the Nationalist party and the government of Juan Perón in Argentina.

It mis-spelled the name of Luís Muñoz Marín.

It said nothing about Public Law 53, aka the Gag Law.

It claimed that “Puerto Rico has been moving toward self-government with increasing speed.”

In short, the Harvard Crimson had absolutely no idea what was happening in Puerto Rico. Then again, what could you expect from a college that considered this to be a “fashion statement.”


3 Comments on “Ignorance at Harvard: How Albizu Campos’s Alma Mater Reported the Revolution of 1950

  1. There is still ignorance. There has been progress but slowly. Someone who lived in Washington, D.C. during the 90’s! Thank you for informing us!!


  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Ignorance at Harvard” = ignorance at every level in the United States … the intention? Same as today … they don’t want anyone educated, who would asks question and incite to protest!! Keep ALL dumb, distracted and uneducated!! The way to “win” … the US way!!


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