All of my closest friends are boricua- except an Asian-Indian brother I have known for about 25 years. I grew up in a community that, at the time, had about 40 percent latinos. Of those, 75 percent were Puerto Rican, 15 percent were Dominican and 10 percent were other latinos. I never saw the real difference between myself and other latinos, specifically Dominicans. I always felt comfortable with Dominicans. Then I matured, got a couple of degrees [including a minor in Puerto Rican history], and got a job in law enforcement. Particularly, when I started working in law enforcement is when I saw a whole other side, not just of Dominicans, but Colombians, Peruvians, Ecuadorians, and others. [Although I will first preface by saying that I also saw another side of Jews, Polaks, Italians, Koreans, Asian-Indians, and others].
Now to my point. What I have learned about negative side of Dominicans is that they are extreme opportunists and are up to their eyeballs in the drug trade and other criminal conduct [such as scamming Section 8, Social Security, and welfare]. [Now, Boricuas definitely do not have their hands clean in this game- and neither does any other group including Jews and other "white" groups]. However, as a percentage, Dominicans are disproportionately more involved in the drug trade than any other latino group. [This is a documented fact that can be found with some statistical research]. I have talked to hundreds of dominican arrestees who have either, sold drugs, bought drugs in bulk, laundered drug money; structured monetary transactions, imported and exported drugs; or among other things, acted as enforcers for drug organizations. I have also dealt with the families of the men and women who do these things. These constant experiences have definitely provided a window that many Dominicans do not want people to look in to. In terms of those who become criminal fugitives after making Bail; statistically, Dominicans, among all latinos, are number 1.
For Dominicans to go around talking crap about Boricuas, I say; check yourselves. The scourge in the latino is heavily in their hands. All this in light of the fact that we have historically reached our hands out to them in brotherhood; and continue to do so.
Now, I am not trying to label a whole people. I have also met some of the most decent people of Dominican persuasion in my travels. But I am just presenting a quick reality test to those skeptics out there. I could definitely give you some of the lowdown on Jews, Italians, Nigerians, and many other groups, who are similary up to their eyeballs in the drug trade, stock frauds, credit frauds, and many other crimes. The focus of this particular post however, is Dominicans, so I bring them to the forefront.
If you travel to Puerto Rico and ask other boricuas, I suspect you will confront similar sentiment towards our "brother" quisqueyanos.