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Latinos: Under Attack and Underrepresented

We did our best to keep this episode free from the Naranja Vieja stinking up the White House but there is certainly enough going on in the world to keep Mike Robles and Pedro Rafael Rosado feisty — and that’s exactly how we like them. On this episode the dynamic duo discuss the following:

  • Racist screaming at young woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt gets charged for hate crime.
  • Public Service Announcement: Puerto Ricans are born American citizens.
  • Latinos continue to be attacked both figuratively and literally as evidenced by the horrifying beating of a 91-year-old Mexican man in California.
  • With all that’s going on in the world, now is not the time for civility. Pretending things aren’t as bad as they seem only makes things worse.
  • The real danger is domestic terror, not just for Latinos but for all Americans.
  • A message for wypipo: we know not all of you are racistso STFU about it!
  • Don Francisco and his #metoo moment(s).
  • Latinas are a white man’s Krytonite. (Yes, we went there… LOL!)
  • Hollywood continues to perpetuate the “White Savior” myth and rarely pairs Latinos as leads in romantic comedies. Or in any film for that matter.

Remember Folks, Puerto Rico Is America

Despite the long relationship the U.S. has enjoyed with the “Enchantress of the Caribbean”, Puerto Rico and its residents on the island and on the mainland remain a mystery to other Americans.

As a public service, Robles & Rosado will help clear up any confusion for you and save you the time and exertion necessary to Google the complicated relationship Puerto Rico and Uncle Sam share.

[Puerto Rico] belongs to the U.S. as an “unincorporated” territory. Unincorporated territories of the U.S. are places where the country’s constitution does not apply by default, except for in the case of certain “fundamental rights” owed to all Americans. 

The “Temptress of the Antilles”, nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Dominican Republic, must continue to offer up its “charms” to the U.S. of A. because…it has no other choice.

Uncle Sam can come and go, do as he pleases, leave a few dollars on the dresser and tell Borinquen to buy a new dress for the next time. He doesn’t have to put a ring on it.

I’d like to propose a new slogan for the island’s tourism board. Puerto Rico: U.S. Side Chick Since 1898.

Here endeth the lesson.

Also on the show we discuss the troubling revelation that U.S. born Latino and Latina teens feel the psychological effects of racism and discrimination more than adolescents born outside of the country. The article was a wake up call for the both of us.

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Photo Credit: © Fifafofu | Dreamstime.comSan Juan, Puerto Rico 

RR 22: Cuba (Not Quite) Libre and Perfect Puerto Ricans

Science has finally caught up to the fact that Robles and Rosado are almost perfect specimens of humanity. Don’t believe me? Just ask Lior Pachter, a UC Berkeley biologist.

Mr. Pachter published a DNA study recently suggesting that “perfect humans” are most likely to be Puerto Rican. He also reveals that the “perfect human” may have been female Taino Cacique, Loiza Aldea.

Tainos obviously had access to some great personal trainers.

A mix of European, African and Caribbean genetic origins among native Puerto Ricans is responsible for producing near perfect human specimens according to the study.

Please don’t hate Boricuas for being beyond compare. The burden of perfection is a heavy one.

In a surprising announcement from the White House, President Obama has instructed his cabinet to “begin discussions with Cuba to reestablish diplomatic relations that have been severed since January of 1961.  Going forward, the United States will reestablish an embassy in Havana, and high-ranking officials will visit Cuba.”

The announcement did not go over well with some in the Cuban exile community but for others it was welcome news.

Of course corporate interests are salivating over the prospects of setting up shop on the island but there remain many, many hurdles before you can expect to pick up a  Happy Meal on El Malecon during that dream vacation to the “Pearl of the Antilles”.

RR 06: The Bromance Continues

According to reports Latinos are faring better financially than Blacks in the United States but in the race for income equality both minority groups have a long way to go to close the gap against Whites.

A Santa Ana, California school cop puts crying teen in a choke-hold, then yells at witnesses to stop speaking Spanish.  The stressed officer obviously had a limited grasp of the language but no need to worry! Mike Robles has a very reasonable solution to the problem of police officers and a second language.

PTSD and other mental health issues are a real concern for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.  In a very emotional and moving segment, Mike makes the case for why we need to pay more than just lip service to the problems facing our soldiers as they return to civilian life after dealing with the rigors of war.

This week’s bochinche focuses on Rob Lowe and John Leguizamo. The former claims he was too pretty for Hollywood and the latter quietly backs away from claims that he’s Puerto Rican.

Both get the Robles & Rosado treatment.

RR 03: Crabs In A Bucket Con Salsa

Have you ever noticed what happens when you toss a single live crab into a bucket that has no lid?  The crab will kick itself into survival mode and climb out.  Now, what happens when you put more than one crab into the same bucket?  If one of the crustaceans makes an escape attempt the others do everything in their power to drag him back down.

This week on “Robles & Rosado” Mike and Pedro discuss the crab mentality all too prevalent in our community.  Many successful people have been dragged down instead of lauded for their accomplishments by other Latin@s.  Each positive step forward is a success for all  of us but some members of our personal circles don’t see it that way.

Also on the show, Robles and Rosado prove that growing up in The Bronx more than adequately prepares a person to discuss foreign policy as news organizations in Russia make the case for Crimea to become an unincorporated territory much like Puerto Rico. George Lopez endures a rough week leading up to the debut of his new sitcom “Saint George” on the FX Network and Robert Rodriguez proves it’s good to be “El Rey”.