Rosie Perez is not happy about how either political party has treated Puerto Rico, and it goes beyond how Congress mishandled the island’s crippling debt crisis.
In an interview with MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart, the actress spoke about why she supports Hillary Clinton and what she appreciated about Bernie Sander’s campaign. But Perez also took some time to denounce how many mainland Americans perceive Puerto Ricans as second-class citizens.
When Díaz-Balart asked the actress if she was happy about how Republicans and Democrats have dealt with the debt crisis in Puerto Rico she gave her honest opinion:
No, I am not. I think that people treat the island and the people that live on the island as second-class citizens, [as if] they are sub-par, [as if] they are not important. Puerto Ricans are United States citizens and I think that the issue of statehood or independence needs to be addressed and needs to be resolved. And right now, on the island, the majority of people want statehood. Why isn’t that addressed? Why is that not respected?