For over a century, Puerto Ricans have lived and settled in the U.S. (the “Boricua Diaspora”), but now, for the first time, there are more acá than allá. In response to our growing presence and ongoing impact, La Respuesta seeks to invoke a claim to our histories and announce our stories. We do this by highlighting our assets and distinct experiences, agitating discussion on the crucial issues, and addressing the obstacles that we face.
This monthly magazine is guided by a collective of Boricua writers, artists, activists, and scholars based in Chicago, with supporters, collaborators, and visionaries across the “Boricuascape.”
La Respuesta honors and recognizes the distinctiveness of the Puerto Rican Diaspora through a provocative online media community, while cultivating points of connection among all Boricua people. In this respect, our magazine resurrects, documents, and reinterprets Diaspora histories; curates and maintains a critical dialogue on issues affecting our communities; highlights our struggles, advances, and dreams; and proposes new solutions and directions. La Respuesta is dedicated to the collective transformation and self-determination of all people.
La Respuesta strives to produce a mosaic of the cultural, artistic, intellectual, spiritual, and political realities within the diverse Puerto Rican Diaspora. It moves towards building inclusive identities and perspectives that recognize the Diaspora as central to understanding the Puerto Rican people. The magazine aspires to be a significant resource for Puerto Ricans in the United States, offering a multitude of creative and provocative media.
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Guidelines for Discussion
We will engage and challenge you on a variety of issues La Respuesta believes are integral to and affect Puerto Ricans in the United States. Accordingly, the issues we will cover and interrogate, from a critical perspective, include (but are not limited to):
- Cultural and national identit(ies)
- Sexism and patriarchy
- Colorism, internalized racism, and white supremacy/ privilege
- (Internal) colonialism and Puerto Rico’s political status
- Homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism
- Ableism, ageism, and adultism
- Capitalism, neoliberalism, poverty, and inequality
Many of these topics may be generally understood as controversial, contentious, or even unimportant to the overarching discourse of the Boricua experience. Nonetheless, La Respuesta believes that we must engage with them, albeit in creative and diverse ways, in order to forge stronger, healthier communities and to strengthen alliances across difference.
Accordingly, La Respuesta encourages dialogue, debate, and learning in a manner that is productive and humanizing for everyone. While our magazine and social media pages are open forums for conversation, they must be safe spaces of critical reflection that respect the unique identities and experiences of our readers.
So, in the spirit of dialogue, debate, and collective learning, please keep in mind these points:
- Refrain from racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic, ableist, and ageist comments.
- Stick to the topic presented by the posted piece (be it article, video, zine, etc), i.e. do not derail or sabotage a dialogue.
- In conversation, use evidence or proof to support your claims.
- While we are all about making dialogue a teachable moment, it is your responsibility to learn and understand the terms (like racism, sexism, etc) we used above.
- Refrain from attacking, shamming, defaming, baiting, being patronizing or hateful.
- If the posted piece is serious, try to be serious in your comments.
If you do not stand by these guidelines, we have a responsibility to then:
- First, offer you a warning, explaining to you to re-read our guidelines.
- Second, delete your comment.
- Third, block you.
If you cannot stand by our guidelines, then we recommend finding another virtual space to engage with. We cannot stress how essential dialogue, debate, and learning are to a magazine dedicated to the Boricua Diaspora. We also do not want to make it a habit of reminding you of our guidelines, deleting comments, or blocking you. None of this is to stifle discussion – it is to ensure a healthy, humanizing, and possibly transformative process for all those who seek to engage. Thank you.