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John Oliver gets justifiably outraged over America’s treatment of its territories
You probably didn’t even realize this was happening.
Sunday’s episode focused on the badly undercovered topic of U.S. territories like Guam and American Samoa, whose inhabitants can join the U.S. Army and are governed by the U.S. legal system but don’t have the same voting rights as other Americans.
As John Oliver pointed out, a lot of people don’t even understand that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, with multiple TV news anchors describing Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the child of Puerto Rican “immigrants.”
Citizens in U.S. territories cannot vote in presidential elections, a fact that stems from bigoted and archaic laws referring to the inhabitants of these territories as “alien races.” In case you’re wondering: Yes, it does indeed get worse than this.
This injustice is especially embarrassing given the recent commemoration of the Voting Rights Act. If you have to pay federal taxes and can join the U.S. Army, you should have the same voting rights as any other citizen.
Screengrab via Last Week Tonight/YouTube
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor