In 1969, Rita Moreno and Alan Arkin starred in a movie named Popi.
Popi was a strange title. A building superintendent in El Barrio has two kids who always call him “papi.” But the writers, director, producer, and movie studio all mis-spelled papi…hence the title Popi.
The plot of the film was even stranger.
As a poor Puerto Rican super, “Popi” is desperate to give his children a better life: so he buys them a tiny rowboat, throws them in the ocean near Miami beach, and tells them to say they’re Cuban…because in America, according to Popi, Cuban orphans are treated like royalty, while Puerto Ricans are treated like dirt.
Nearly fifty years later, there is a sad truth to this. President Obama’s legacy will include the opening of Cuba, and the sinking of Puerto Rico into the Caribbean Sea.
Washington, DC is all set to adopt Cuba and disown Puerto Rico…with a Financial Control Board that is nothing but a collection agency for vulture funds and private equity firms.
Money and resources will soon flow into Cuba. Money and people will soon flow out of Puerto Rico, in record numbers.
In other words, a silly movie named Popi is alive and well in Washington, Wall Street, and the hearts of middle America.
After all these years – over a century – they still don’t understand us.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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