Only Unity Will Heal Our Tribal Genocide

At the same time that our police face open scrutiny by the FBI, they also face a 65% increase in homicides over the last 11 years. According to recent trends we are estimated to reach 1,152 murders in 2011. If you compare that to the number of military fatalities in Afghanistan and Iraq we will have killed roughly 775 more people than those serving in harm's way.

To make this sound even worse, if you add all of the coalition causalities since 9/11 and compare them to our history of homicide, you're not going to like the result. With 8,912 murders, we have killed almost 1,400 more people! Ten years and two wars have caused less death for the United States than what has happened in Puerto Rico!

I'm sure as you're reading this, you're thinking to yourself, that's horrible! It can't be worse. Unfortunately, it is. Our murder rampage has been around since the 1960's. Yesterday El Nuevo Dia posted the last eleven years worth of data.

No society can withstand that kind of bloodshed for too long before it causes massive impact. I urge the United Nations or anyone else to please intervene before we have to implode the whole place and start over. The only guide I can follow in this much darkness are the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King provided a beacon for the youth of the United States to lead them out the dark. Dr. King once said:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Fortunately we're not dealing with the hatred of prejudice. No, our struggle is with something far more destructive than hate, greed. Greed and apathy are Puerto Rico's sins, and the only way out of this nightmare is through our unity as humans. We can't ignore this problem. Any who professes any pride in Puerto Rico should acknowledge that our murder rate is the biggest risk to Puerto Rican sovereignty.

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