Maria hit Puerto Rico 15 days ago.
La Isla del Encanto is indeed enchanting. I lived there for over a year. I met my husband there (but didn’t know it at the time). I still have friends and family (in-laws and Cuban cousins). My connection to Puerto Rico is strong—- as is the USA’s connection. It is a complicated history.
Take a moment to read up on what and how Puerto Rico has contributed to the USA. Beyond the musicians and actors : Rita Moreno, Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee, Hector Levoe, Raul Julia , Benico del Toro, and even Rosie Perez (thanks to her parents moving to NYC)– Beyond the creative talents, the USA has benefited greatly from Puerto Rico in other ways. Their beach have been used as target practice and their people have been medical guinea pigs.
Take a moment to think about being without power and water for 15 days. If you read in Spanish even a little you should be able to make out the headlines and updates on this Puerto Rican news outlet. The island and its people are in dire need of support to help them rebuild after Maria. Here is a local grassroots fund that I recommend.