West Side Story


As citizens of the United States, Puerto Ricans have free access to the American labor market. The upper mobility of white workers to better paid jobs during the post war world-economic expansion created a labor shortage at the botom end, which was filled, not surprisingly, by Puerto Ricans. The entrance of these “colonial subjects” (Grosfoguel 2003) to the American labor market was not perceived neutrally by white Americans. There is this film -for those who haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend it-  that illustrates this racism experienced by Puerto Ricans who moved to the mainland: West Side Story.

West Side Story is a widely well-known American musical and it’s probably Jerome Robbins‘ most beloved and associated work as a choreographer. In 1957 this new [musical] concept burst onto the Broadway scene in the form of a modernize retelling of the classic Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet, only this…

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