Born Boriqua, Born Taino
I've been reading "Born Boriqua, Born Taino">, a article in Look Smart. If I had to squish the whole thing into just one or two words, the words I'd pick would be "Anti-Racist" and "Old Skool". It's mostly about a women who talks about the Tainos and the background history of Puerto Rico. If you read nothing else of this text, read this Born Puerto Rico, Born Taino, and you'll get the gist of it:
<Taino's were the first "Americans" to greet Christopher Columbus>
What the author wants me to know is that Chirstopher Columbus was somone famous and that on his first trip to meet people it was at the Americas. This article makes explicit the fact that Tainos were a big thing and they are still to our history.
What the author wants me to think is that back in the days it was poor for Tainos and Boriquas to have things done there way. This is part of what is implicit in this text. The idea that is was a hard life for them because they didn't have all this new technology we have today.
What the author wants me to feel is that we should feel lucky about being born in the Americas for thr fact that all the other people living in the Carribean they dont get as much liberty as us. The subtext here is that no matter what we......
The way she accomplishes these things is to show the life the Tainos went through and it is also written like in a biography form. Paragraph after Paragraph.
Christina Veran is a journalist, historian and educatorwho is also a United Nations correspondent.
Do you see how the author manages to shape your understanding of the issue?