October 28, 2012 by shernandez5
She migrated to New York City from Puerto Rico with the common dream shared with most Latinos who come to the United States of an opportunity at a better life. Lolita Lebrón soon found herself facing poverty and an unhappy life as a seamstress; later to find a cause so prodigious that she decided to act violently. Lolita Lebrón is often questioned on whether she should be seen as a hero or a terrorist after the incident in 1954. Lolita was the leader of a Puerto Rican nationalist group who stormed the U.S. Capital in 1954 which led to the shooting and injuring of five Congressmen. She did this in attempt to gain Puerto Rico’s independence. After the police arrested Lebrón, they found a note in her purse that she had written as if she was expecting to be killed that same day in part of the incident. The note read: “My life I give for the freedom of my country. The United States of America is betraying the sacred principles of mankind in their continuous subjugation of my country.” Lolita was punished with a fifty-six years sentence in prison, but she ended up serving only twenty-five years. After being released from prison, Lolita kept fighting for her country’s independence by going on a lecture tour to the Puerto Rican populated centers all over the United States. Ms. Lebrón kept fighting for her until her recent death on August 1, 2010.
Clearly, Lolita Lebrón made an impact on Latin American culture as she stood up for Puerto Rico’s independence. Although she might have gone about it in a negative way, she is still acknowledged for her bravery to fight her cause which contributes in a way to the representation of our Latin community fighting for our independence and individuality. Corresponding back to the questioning of whether Lebrón should be seen as a hero or a terrorist, TIME Magazine says she will most likely be remembered as both. I think she falls under the negative side of revolutionaries simply because she used violence as the method of fighting for her cause, but I still see her reason for fighting as relevant and worthy of standing up for.