Many people who were not born in the island, feel or consider themselves Puerto Ricans because one or both of their parents were born there.
All my mean-spirited cynicism aside, Puerto Ricans have had a rich history and harbor a very unique culture. From Africans, the Puerto Ricans have obtained the "bomba and plena", a type of music and dance including percussions and maracas. From the Amerindians, Puerto Ricans have kept many names for their municipalities, food, and other objects. From the Spanish they got the Spanish language, the Catholic religion, among other influences. Francisco Ayerra de Santa María was the first native born poet of Puerto Rico, documenting the history of the island. Cayetano Coll y Toste a celebrated historian and journalist of the island has also gained recognition in the development of Puerto Rican literature. Hell, even George Perez, Marvel and DC comic book artist, is a Puerto Rican.
Don't listen to these morons who spew garbage about Puerto Ricans being gangster or uber sexy people. They're the ones that make us look bad. We're better then the stereotypes.
They have their own unique customs and are able to speak Spanish fluently. They have American citizenship and are not 'black', with the majority of Puerto Ricans having Taino and Spanish(Spain) ancestry, although some have African ancestry. They do not 'hate on' Dominicans, Cubans, or any other nationality. Nor do Dominicans, Cubans etc. 'hate' on them, contrary to ignorant belief.
Jane: Its Jose, he's Puerto Rican
Mary: Wow, he's muy bueno!