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I Am Puerto Rican

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    I Hate It Here

    I can honestly say I hate Puerto Rico. And it's sad, because it's the place where I was born and raised. It's the only place I've ever called home. But the crime rate is so damn high, and the people are so rude. I can't wait to finish with my education and just haul ***.
    Bananaroo Bananaroo 26-30, F 7 Responses Sep 17, 2013

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    Angel2345 Angel2345 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 1

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    What can I say I am proud of

    who I am and for the rest of you ciase ja boka
    Sw33tT33 Sw33tT33 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 26

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    Born in PR and 100% Boricua,

    it will always stay in my blood and soul WEPAA
    ShortGirl143 ShortGirl143 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 2

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    Next month, I'm visiting my family

    and friends in Puerto Rico!!! I'm so excited to see my family and finally meet my three year old cousin whom I never met before. Ahhh !!! I honestly can't wait!
    caribbeanbabe808 caribbeanbabe808 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 9

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    I love my Puerto Rico.

    Both of my parents were born there and so was I. Que viva Puerto Rico!!!!! What I do not like are puertoricans who aren't familiar with the culture, can't speak the language, but pride themselves in being "boricua" during the parade. Give me a break!
    thelatintwist thelatintwist 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 20

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    I was born and raised in Brooklyn

    but both of my parents were born and raised on Puerto Rico. I have only visited twice but would love to go again with my husband and my daughter. My Spanish isn't so great because my parents were learning English, so they wanted us kids to speak English to them. I'll never...
    missingbrooklyn missingbrooklyn 41-45, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    Puerto Rican parade was today in NYC I loveeee

    being BORICUA!!!#Nuyorican&proud 😁
    mamitaaa mamitaaa 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 8

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    Google You Done Just Messed Up!

    I just got a brown notification bar with white letters saying "Most comment notifications will now be delivered by Google + and not to your inbox" ******* B U L L S H I T. The little minor **** they did pissed me off, like when months ago I kept having to disconnect my YouTube...
    Orion2089 Orion2089 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 8, 2013

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    Accent

    As I speak to people who don't share my heritage, I feel prouder to say I am a better person everyday. I learn about acceptance, ignorance, culture clash, and everything in between due to my race. Many people don't know how ignorant it is to say, "don't speak Spanish at my house...
    cleargerman cleargerman 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 12, 2012

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    Si sí ... Yo nací en Mayagüez y mis padres

    son de hay también pero yo me crié en San Juan. Yo estoy orgullosa de ser Boricua pero algunas veces me da vergüenza decir que soy puerto riqueña pq siempre tiene que haber un jodio puerto riqueno en las noticias por haber secuestrado a alguien o por haber matao a alguien...
    caribbeanbabe808 caribbeanbabe808 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 29, 2013

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    I'm Hispanic!

    I have long straight brown hair, brown eyes and light skin. People always call me white and just assume it. Yes, I am italian but I am more Puerto Rican than I am Italian. I am 50%! I am proud to be a hispanic and I embrace it. It really bothers me when people say I'm white! I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 11, 2012

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    I'm full blooded, I don't speak any spanish.

    The reason is that I was little, can't speak until I was nine years old. I do understand little and I need to take spanish class. I have family who live in Puerto Rico and I'm sure miss all that food.
    colonaileen colonaileen 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    "You Don'T Look Puerto Rican."

    What, you can't see it in my cheekbones, my full lips, my thick hair, my hips? You can't hear it in the way I speak when I'm angry or in love? You can't taste it in the food I eat, the sangria I drink? You can't feel it in the air when I sit down for dinner with my family? Just...
    kb993 kb993 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 26, 2013

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    And What Does A Puerto Rican Look Like?

    I am half Puerto Rican from my father's side. My mom is Italian and Irish. I came out with lighter skin than my mom, light hair, and light eyes, but I look like my father and abuela, (you can say I am a "white version" of them). It never ceases to amaze me that some ignorant...
    Vertigo15 Vertigo15 26-30 12 Responses Jun 7, 2011

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    my mom was born and raised in ponce.

    I grew up in Bronx (NYC). I have been to the island a few times and unfortunately I did not enjoy myself. I am proud of being a Puerto Rican new yorker.
    maddie1980 maddie1980 31-35, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Puerto Rican is only a portion of my heritage

    but it was the one I was somewhat raised with growing up. I have always loved Puerto Rican food. It is my favorite. So full of flavor. Arroz con gandules and pasteles are the best......though I love the rice with sofrito as well. Visiting Puerto Rico when I was 8 years old was...
    AKLady14 AKLady14 26-30, F May 22

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    Tribute To My Friends

    I'm not Puerto Rican, but two of my best female friends are. They have been the most awesome friends to me and have made me appreciate their native home all the more.
    mysolitude2013 mysolitude2013 51-55, M 1 Response May 28, 2013

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    'boricua' Born And Raised

    Like every other country, Puerto Rico has its beauty and its flaws. What I like most about my island is that no matter where you stand outside, you will always see mountains. When youre driving down the highway and look out the window, its like driving by a very long landscape...
    GraceWillow GraceWillow 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 2, 2013

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    My Individual Self

    My individual self, for I was once a happy person that loved and lived life to the fullest. Was in a relationship for 27 yrs. It was just me the Puerto Rican from the Bronxs and the African American from Florida. We met in the Military in 1981 and then 10 yrs later we were both...
    positively53 positively53 51-55, M Sep 4, 2013

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    Not Much But It Still Counts.

    I am one fourth Puerto Rican from my fathers side, but naturally have blue eyes and blonde hair so I don't look like it all!
    evesss evesss 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 27, 2013

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    New York Rican

    I was born and raised in NYC, I'm proud to come from Puerto Rican Parents. I love my heritage. Represent it to the fullest. Know my history, can read and write Spanish, speak Spanglish. Love salsa, reggaeton. Love the island, been there twice but want to go back and live there.
    sufferin4life sufferin4life 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 13, 2013

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    Both of my parents are puerto rican

    and my dad is from there. I hope one day i can actually visit puerto rico and see some family that i have down there. Puerto Rican and proud of it <3
    PeaceAndLove1 PeaceAndLove1 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 1

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    I'm half Puerto Rican ;) my dad is full.

    But I don't know a lot about it
    shaebears shaebears 16-17, F Jan 24

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    Ni De Aquí, Ni De Allá.

    I am a full Puerto Rican. I was born in Arecibo. My father and mother were born in Barceloneta. I was raised on the isla until the age of 18. Then I came to the United States. I have been all over this great country, just like I have been all over my Isla del Encanto. Yet, I do...
    Malakim Malakim 41-45, M 1 Response May 18, 2013

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    We I'm here in Puerto Rico

    and these few days I have been on the island, have been amazing! We had travelled all over the island. Yesterday we went to el yunque and it was amazing, a really pretty places. Next week, we are going to travel to vieques which I'm pretty excited about since I've never been...
    caribbeanbabe808 caribbeanbabe808 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 5

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    No, no I'm not. But honestly,

    my imaginary boyfriend is.
    brokenfixed brokenfixed 18-21, M 4 Responses Nov 30

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    A Different Kind Of Boricua

    People expect Puerto Rican women to act like the Boricuas in NYC and surrounding areas. Those are Nuyoricans. As stereotypical as it may sound, we are not all like JLo. I have come across people that have very primeval views and ideas of what a Puerto Rican woman is all about...
    cleargerman cleargerman 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 30, 2012

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    I'm Puerto Rican on my mother's side.

    Unfortunately, I was never taught spanish.
    djag2007 djag2007 26-30, M 3 Responses Jun 20

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    I Am Puerto Rican

    I am 100% Puerto Rican.  I have red hair, freckles, and can't speak a word of Spanish... well, I can say stuff like "hey my name is-", but elementary level stuff.  Still, I am Puerto Rican.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 14, 2009

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    Puerto Rican American

    My parents were born in Puerto Rico. They were divorced when I was a very young child. I was raised by my father and stepmother who was not Puerto Rican and did not speak or understand Spanish. My father did not speak Spanish at home and therefore I lost most of the language. I...
    RavenLee RavenLee 46-50, F 2 Responses Feb 8, 2008

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    Soy Boricua!

    Thats right I said it! Soy Bori thru and thru. From my size 5 feet..my thick hips brown skin..to my long curly brown locks. I was not born there..no but being boricua is not only a heritage its a lifestyle.... A way of being if you will... A walk.. A talk.. A state of mind... Its...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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    Heyy...:)

    I am so proud to be Puerto Rican...im from bayamon puerto rico but i was raised in vega alta...and yea I have much pride in being Puerto Rican.  We have a beautiful culture, we have delicious food,were awesome ,and especially "La Isla del Encanto". 100% puerto rican hell yea...
    karlamichelle karlamichelle 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 8, 2011

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    Well half puerto rican.

    But so very proud of my roots. I come from a long line of beautiful, intelligent, strong women.
    PuertoRicanPrincess18 PuertoRicanPrincess18 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    Where my PR people at!

    ? Stand up and say wepaaaaa! lmao! :)
    ginamarieexoxo ginamarieexoxo 18-21, F 7 Responses Feb 12

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    I Love Being Boricua

    Hello all my name is Rosalita but my friends call me Rosie. I was born In Caguas, Puerto Rico and I must say that knowing that I am part of one of the most beautiful cultures in the world gives me a "Gran Orgullo De Ser Boricua" translation: great pride to be...
    Rosalita Rosalita 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 30, 2007

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    I glad to be Puerto Rican my dad is full an my

    mom is half but I'm only half I have always wanted to visit Puerto Rico but never got the chance to my dad was raised there and he was raised in San Juan
    officalredneck09 officalredneck09 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 11

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    Nuyorican

    I am Nuyorican pero mis padres nacieron en Puerto Rico. Ami me hubiese gustado haber nacido en Puerto Rico, pero como quiera, yo sería Boricua aunque naciera en las ventas del carajo LoL xoxo
    XoxopregnantXoxo XoxopregnantXoxo 18-21, F Apr 25, 2013

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    Boricuaaaa

    I love my Puerto Rican roots. The food the music the culture the people are all beautiful. Im working on speaking Spanish, though I understand it very well. My dream is to visit the island one day, I've heard how beautiful it is. I just wish that there wasn't so much violence...
    launica87 launica87 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2012

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    Half-puerto Rican

    sometimes i feel like i'm not really puerto rican because i can't really speak spanish. i can understand when others talk to me in spanish, but when it comes time for me to speak i just end up speaking in english because it takes me a while to figure out what to say and how to...
    cgsgirl921 cgsgirl921 18-21, F 16 Responses Oct 21, 2007

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    Being Half Puerto Rican

    My father is Puerto Rican he wasn't in my life but I own up to the title because you know what they say "Puerto Ricans are curvy and thick" lol
    Kassi298 Kassi298 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2013

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    I Am Half Puerto Rican.

    I love the culture. The food is deliciously devine. The music is so romantic. The dance is very erotic. Although I was born and raised here in the United States, my heart is in Puerto Rico. I love visiting the Island where the air is warm and there are many beautiful people to...
    littlegirl845 littlegirl845 51-55, F 3 Responses Aug 31, 2013

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    I was born there love the island

    but Its to bad to live in to much people die every day
    hector352 hector352 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 4

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    Being Puerto Rican And Having Tourette's

    what an unique experience. i will surely have some stories to tell my grandchildren (if i ever have children of my own). it has been rough.
    bigdaddyhec86 bigdaddyhec86 22-25, M Apr 5, 2011

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