Are Puerto Ricans American citizens?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Are Puerto Ricans American citizens?
    Yes : (115 votes)
    88 %
    No : (15 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 2
    527 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I’m not even from the US and I’m pretty sure I know the answer.. Curious though as to what the national average is? 😛

    Post # 3
    1319 posts
    Bumble bee

    Me too, what’s the national average?  

    Post # 4
    9903 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I didn’t realize people didn’t know this…

    Post # 6
    7883 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    So pathetic that this just isn’t a given.

    Post # 8
    326 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    Do people think it’s a trick question?

    Post # 9
    6353 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

    Post # 10
    7502 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I do know the answer but I can also understand why people might feel as though this is a “trick” question.

    Post # 11
    957 posts
    Busy bee

    I think the confusion comes from the fact that Puerto Rico is an unincorperated US territory, so legally speaking it’s not part of the US…yet they’re in the possession of the US, and while they have US citizenship, they have less benefits than mainland citizens such as less voting rights and access to some government programs. So they’re more like second-class citizens. It’s pretty sad and they should just become a proper state already, imo. Anyway, I think some people’s confusion is pretty justified over that. 

    Post # 13
    8992 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    kiram :  I am not American but knew the answer. I also find a hell of a lot of Americans do not know the history of the treatment of Puerto Ricans by the US. Like for instance the fact that country was used as a weapons testing facility that has left a wave of devestation to which the US government has turned their backs on. The US is one of the many countries that still actively practice colonisation and subjection of native peoples. 

    Post # 14
    1168 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    The people of Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly in a non binding resolution this year to become a state.  It’s time for that to happen.  USVI, Guam, and American Samoa, too.

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