This Essay situates Professor Malavet's analysis in LatCrit theory. The diminished citizenship status of Puerto Ricans on the island shares important commonalities with and differences from the experiences of persons of Mexican ancestry in the United States. Both Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans enjoy citizenship and membership rights unequal to those accorded Anglos, although one group (Mexican Americans) is composed of citizens by law with full legal rights while the other (Puerto Ricans) includes United States citizens with limited legal rights in Puerto Rico. The guarantees of the law historically have held limited meaning for Mexican Americans; the limitation on the legal rights of United States citizens on Puerto Pico hold great significance. Law thus proves malleable depending on the social context and, not coincidentally, accords Latinas/os in both contexts diminished membership rights.
Kevin R. Johnson,
Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans, and Latcrit Theory: Commonalities and Differences Between Latina/o Experiences,
Mich. J. Race & L.
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