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Caribbean Negritos: Ramn Rivero, Blackface, and Black Voice in Puerto Rico
Unformatted Document Text:  16 In another episode, Calderón condemned the government’s lack of support for the arts and thus promised free theatre to local producers. If he were elected mayor, Puerto Rico would be “a beautiful country, a country where the artist has free theatre…where theatre is encouraged.” Finally, in a number of episodes, Calderón saluted the Puerto Rican soldiers in Korea who, “together with other free nations are combating radicalism, communism, anarchism,” … “the fight for the cause of liberty,” thus rearticulating the pro-Independence Party and the Commonwealth support of the War in addition to offering ‘moral reassurance’ to the soldiers and their families. 24 Although it is extremely difficult to summarize all the themes that were part of El tremendo hotel, primarily because of the historical and cultural specificity of the texts, the narratives directly and indirectly articulated the political, economic, cultural, and social negotiations that characterized Puerto Rico from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. At the margin of these transformations was the fictional character Calderón. While both the Puerto Rican and U.S. governments were disseminating the social and economic success of the U.S. development plan for Third World nations, Calderón and the other characters of El tremendo hotel represented ideological reminders of the groups who remained at the bottom of the economic and social ladders. As Díaz Alfaro (1981) notes regarding Rivero’s creation, “it was the wretched man’s revenge,” a man who was “underestimated because of his plebian background. ” 25 Calderón was a trickster, a picaresque character who transgressed the law, the official norms of conduct, and challenged the ‘habitus’ of the ‘modernized’ middle-upper Puerto Rican classes. Conversely, in the process of assessing Puerto Rico’s social and political conditions and the subjugation of the

Authors: Rivero, Yeidy.
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In
another episode, Calderón condemned the government’s lack of support for the arts
and thus promised free theatre to local producers. If he were elected mayor, Puerto Rico would
be “a beautiful country, a country where the artist has free theatre…where theatre is
encouraged.” Finally, in a number of episodes, Calderón saluted the Puerto Rican soldiers in
Korea who, “together with other free nations are combating radicalism, communism,
anarchism,” … “the fight for the cause of liberty,” thus rearticulating the pro-Independence Party
and the Commonwealth support of the War in addition to offering ‘moral reassurance’ to the
soldiers and their families.
24
Although it is extremely difficult to summarize all the themes that were part of El
tremendo hotel, primarily because of the historical and cultural specificity of the texts, the
narratives directly and indirectly articulated the political, economic, cultural, and social
negotiations that characterized Puerto Rico from the late 1940s to the mid 1950s. At the margin
of these transformations was the fictional character Calderón. While both the Puerto Rican and
U.S. governments were disseminating the social and economic success of the U.S. development
plan for Third World nations, Calderón and the other characters of El tremendo hotel represented
ideological reminders of the groups who remained at the bottom of the economic and social
ladders.
As Díaz Alfaro (1981) notes regarding Rivero’s creation, “it was the wretched man’s
revenge,” a man who was “underestimated because of his plebian background. ”
25
Calderón was
a trickster, a picaresque character who transgressed the law, the official norms of conduct, and
challenged the ‘habitus’ of the ‘modernized’ middle-upper Puerto Rican classes. Conversely, in
the process of assessing Puerto Rico’s social and political conditions and the subjugation of the


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