Worldwide Wednesday: American Colonies of Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands …

Did you know that Puerto Rico has a larger population than several states, but no vote for President?  The same goes for the Virgin Islands and other American Colonies … I mean “Territories.”

The legal justification for the disenfranchisement of the territories is based on a 114-year-old decision that says they are “inhabited by alien races” who “can’t understand Anglo-Saxon laws.”  John Oliver  chronicles the many injustices suffered by residents of Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico, all of whom are U.S. citizens, none of whom can vote in the general election. In American Samoa, residents aren’t even granted citizenship, rendering the “American” part of their name “just a title that doesn’t really mean anything, like People’s Choice Award nominee or social media expert.”