RELEASE: It’s Past Time To Grant Statehood to Washington, DC – Center For American Progress

19August 2020

Washington, D.C.– Making Washington, D.C., a state would end more than 200 years of disenfranchisement for the Americans who call it home, according to a brand-new column from the Center for American Progress. Considering that 1800, the homeowners of Washington, D.C., have been subjected to systemic inequality and rejected the full rights of citizenship that the citizens of states take pleasure in– consisting of voting representation in Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 51 to treat this imbalance and make Washington the 51st state.

“The district's more than 700,000 citizens deserve not only to have a vote in Congress, but likewise to delight in the full advantages of citizenship without undergoing the irregular and punitive oversight of the federal government and Congress in specific,” said William Roberts, managing director for Democracy and Government Reform at CAP and co-author of the column.

The column checks out the history underlying D.C. residents' fight for their full rights as Americans, including efforts to both advance and reduce statehood. To this day, Washington, D.C., stays the only national capital in the democratic world whose residents do not have equivalent ballot and representation rights.

The column keeps in mind that opposition to D.C. statehood has relied on both partisan objections and racist counterfactual arguments assaulting the fitness of the district's traditionally Black leaders and population. This pattern continues today, with one congressman just recently stating the district is “not geared up to take on the problem of statehood.” Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) likewise attempted to justify Washington's status by noting that other less populated and less varied states were “well-rounded” and “working-class”– a very finely veiled racist swipe at the citizens of the district.

Read the column:”It's Past Time to Grant D.C. Statehood” by William Roberts and Sam Berger

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