The Battle for Puerto Rico’s Soul

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Puerto Rico has long been struggling with an identity crisis. Due to its status as a territory of the United States, there is a conflict between the idea that they are a part of both the US and Latin America. For this reason, one can see a great deal of cultural changes in Puerto Rico, one being the steady commercialization of neighborhoods.

Recently, local artists have been taking a stand against this strange clashing of cultures in the form of painting large murals on surrounding buildings. As areas have been becoming more commercialized, images have been popping up to combat it, and the statements they make are very clear and very bold. They want to claim their Puerto Rico as vibrant, challenging, “and most importantly, different.”

Posted by Sophie Terry

Watch the video here: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32329682

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