reply to post by VaterOrlaag
I'll take a shot at it.
I don't know if it will ever happen but if it does, I'll be happy for them, but I hope they are somehow 'educated' on how to meld into America so that
they may grow to be a productive asset to their communities overall. Perhaps attend a 'head start' type of program so they can hit the ground running
with aspiring minds and greater ambition.
Living in Florida I have watched my community transformed over 10 years to what it is now after what locals refer to as the PR invasion. I have Puerto
Rican friends who I've known for years and are dear to me. I am no racists.
These are factual observations sadly, and will most likely be the cause of having to join the other people who have grown up around here and moved
away because it has gone completely out of control.
-All of the brand name thriving businesses such as great franchise restaurants and top brand grocery stores have gone and have been replaced with La
Familia Pawn shops and check cashing stores. Billboards offering law services etc,. are all in Spanish now.
-Low-rider 'race clubs' dominate the night time streets and large parking lots by the hundreds, racing with ear piercing loud music. Many races
leading to fatal crashes, and involve innocent motorists. Crosses with flowers litter the roadsides.
-Crime has sky rocketed due to growing gang activity, home domestic violence, auto theft, and robbery. Stay in a night. Police and ambulance sirens up
and down the streets all night long now.
-Puerto Rican teen pregnancy is highest in the state, and motivation to pursue higher education and higher paying jobs is weak across a majority.
-Multiple families moving into homes with numerous cars parked in all the yards, beer bottles everywhere.
-No home improvement or maintenance performed is widespread. I bought our new neighbors a lawn mower so they would finally mow their lawn, had to
teach then how to use it.
-health care facilities are packed everyday due to health issues stemming from heart disease. It's cheaper to eat fast food at Mcdonald's than to buy
healthy food from the grocery.
My Puerto Rican friends say the reason teen girls get pregnant so young is because it makes them more attractive at school, or more adult like.
I believe these widespread tenancies in this culture coming from the island can be reduced if there were more programs available to give them the
boost of preparedness and knowledge they need. A method of pointing the way for them to learn to be planned parents, seek higher education, better
jobs, to keep up with their teens and how to maintain safe and livable neighborhoods, a fresh new start for them.
I believe they would run with, and create grand and wonderful things. I trying to learn spanish so I can do my part where I can.
edit on 7-11-2012 by Lonewulph because: (no reason given)