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Mr. Beat compares and contrasts the two American territories which are brought up the most as the potential 51st state.
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DC and Puerto Rico. The 51st state and the 51st state. Wait.
No. Neither DC nor Puerto Rico are the 51st state of these United States. But folks have floated both as potential additions, receiving celebrations from Civil Rights advocates, and boos from graphic design artists.
Puerto Rico got a lot of attention during the arrival and aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017. The handling of the disaster and rebuilding was seen as a national scandal. Generally, Puerto Rico tends to only make the news when there are presidential primaries, or when the issue of statehood comes up.
DC, on the other hand, is in a constant state of national attention, especially with all the media outlets there. The National Cathedral is often shown for funerals of notable political figures, and the monuments appear in an endless number of shows and movies. Outside of the National Mall is also a vibrant city, which is generally ignored in popular imagination.
Speaking of under-appreciated in the popular imagination, Puerto Rico is a gem often overlooked by Americans. Perhaps the reason why Washingtonians and Puerto Ricans are often overlooked? Well, they can’t vote…at least in federal elections anyway. But that could change soon IF
Both become states.
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