Black People Politics : Puerto Rico approves statehood

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  1. skuderjaymes

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    A slim majority of Puerto Ricans voted Tuesday to approve a nonbinding referendum that would make the island the 51st U.S. state. The measure requires final approval from Congress, so it means little for Puerto Rico right now. Still, nearly 54 percent of Puerto Ricans voted for a change in the U.S. commonwealth’s relationship with the United States — and President Obama promised to uphold their vote in the case of a “clear majority.”
    Puerto Rico became a commonwealth in 1917, after Spain ceded the territory at the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but cannot vote in presidential elections, and their commissioner in the House of Representatives holds limited power. According to the language on the ballot, the statehood referendum would give them “rights, benefits and responsibilities equal to those enjoyed by all other citizens of the states of the union.”
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    1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...-rico-approves-statehood/?tid=pm_politics_pop
    2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/puerto-rico-statehood-vote_n_2088254.html
    3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_status_of_Puerto_Rico
     
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    It would be a big Mistake for P.R. to become a state.

    They would loose what little culture they have left. would be forced to teach almost all their classes in english, and learn history from Yanks.

    But then the pugs don't want an other democratic state on their hands.
     
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    Oh! I forgot, The U.S. congress forced P.R.'s people to become US citizence in 1917, even though the entire P.R's congress voted against it. Spain told the US that they could have P.R. only if P.R agreed, but the U.S never gave P.R. a choice. They occupied the island nation by force, and drafted 18,000 men to fight in WWI. Same year they forced them to become U.S citizens.
     
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