Rep. Luis Gutiérrez on "Hamilton" Pulitzer: When We Get to Write, the Script is Very Different

April 19, 2016


Luis Gutierrez

Democratic congressmember from Illinois. He is the chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

On Monday, the 100th Pulitzer Prizes were announced, and Puerto Rican composer, director and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Pulitzer for best drama for the Broadway musical hit “Hamilton,” a retelling of the story of Alexander Hamilton that features all actors of color. We get reaction from Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL).


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AMY GOODMAN: Any comment, Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez, on a fellow Puerto Rican, on Lin-Manuel Miranda winning the Pulitzer Prize for Hamilton?

REP. LUIS GUTIÉRREZ: You know, pride. What can I say? I’m going to be very, very super Puerto Rican. I’m so proud of him, so proud of his accomplishments. Isn’t it a difference when we get to write the scripts for the Broadway plays? The depiction in West Side Story of me and fellow young Puerto Ricans, and today the depiction of us as a community when we get to write the scripts, it’s very, very different. I’m so proud that I live in both the America in which a West Side Story showed us as gangbangers, as foreigners, as people that weren’t from here, and someone who writes about the history of the United States, Hamilton, in a way that all Americans celebrate. I am so proud of him and so proud of all of the Puerto Ricans and their contributions to this nation. Pride.

AMY GOODMAN: I want to say thank you so much to both of you, joining us from the Cannon Rotunda in the congressional offices in Washington, D.C. Congressmember Luis Gutiérrez and Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who famously came out as undocumented.

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