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Why Statehood for DC ?
For more than 200 years, the citizens of Washington, DC have been subjected to complete disparity and denied the full rights of citizenship that the residents of states enjoy including voting representation in Congress. It is time to correct this issue.
The District of Columbia is the only political and geographical entity within the United States whose citizens bear the responsibilities of citizenship, including taxation and Selective Service registration, without sharing in the full rights and privileges of citizenship.
Washington’s residents pay more taxes than residents in 22 states and pay more per capita to the federal government than any state, yet they have no votes in Congress.
DC is subject to the impulses of the federal government where Congress interferes with their local laws, local funding and operations. DC has all the same responsibilities, but not the same rights, as the rest of Americans, the citizens there are treated as second-class citizens.
Like the people in all 50 states, D.C. residents pay federal taxes, serve in the military and on juries, start businesses and families, and contribute to our national economy. In other words they are the same as everyone else except they are still unable to control our own budget or our own laws, and we still have no votes in Congress.
DC residents want statehood and made their voter clear during the 2016 referendum with an 86% in favor to make Washington, DC the 51st state. Congress passed the Democrat-dominated House by a vote of 232-180. It was the first time that a chamber of Congress had passed such legislation. Currently, legislation was introduced in both chambers and has overwhelming support among Senate Democrats.
Washington, DC is a historically Black city and Black people still make 47% of the population (41% White, 4% Asian and 11% are of Hispanic origins).
American democracy steadily over represents White voters at the expense of Black voters and other voters of color. The average Black American voting power is only 75 percent as much representation as the average white American in the Senate and a 55 percent to the Hispanic voter.
The structure of the United States Senate has less voting power for People of Color compared to White Americans. The District of Columbia is severely disadvantaged with 0 representation or voting power. The District’s lack of representation is a wider oppression and disenfranchisement of Black Americans.
If admitted to the union, the District would be the only plurality-Black state in the country. This would highlight on the importance towards making Congress more responsive to the needs of a diversifying electorate and fixing racial inequalities.
Since the riot at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when supporters of Former President Donald Trump attacked the US Capitol, the women and men of the DC Metropolitan Police Department answered the call to support our federal partners without hesitation and quickly restored order to the Capitol despite not having full representation in Congress.
The lack of security by federal authorities to prepare for a highly expected attack placed Congressional leadership in danger, clarifies the need for a District of Columbia that controls its own National Guard. Currently, the order must come through the White House.
While our population is larger than that of both Vermont and Wyoming, under the CARES Act, the District was denied $755 million in emergency funds, which is the amount provided to the least populous state through the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
DC has 712,000 residents, more than Vermont and Wyoming and comparable with other states including Delaware, Alaska, and several others..
DC takes on the responsibilities of a statehood without enjoying all the rights and privileges embodied in the U.S. Constitution often referred as “taxation without representation”. DC residents pay the highest per-capita federal income taxes in the US. In total, DC residents pay more in total federal income tax than residents of 22 other states, but have no say over how those tax dollars are spent.
DC now operates as if were a state with the exception of federal control over our courts and people in prison for committing felonies in DC. DC receives between 25-30% of its budget from the federal government; as a percentage, this is less than five states and is on a par with three others.
DC residents have contributed to this nation just like residents of all other states. More than 11,000 DC Residents currently serving in the military can be sent to war to fight for American values, but do not have full voting rights in their own place of residence.
Since World War I, DC has sent nearly 200,000 brave men and women to defend and fight for democracy abroad, and tragically 2,000 of those patriots never made it home.
DC elects a non-voting Delegate to the US House of Representatives who can draft legislation but cannot vote. The current Delegate for DC is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.
DC residents do not have a voice in Senate Committees or on the Senate Floor. This means that DC residents have no say in the determination of who should serve as leadership for federal agencies, Serve as U.S. Ambassadors to foreign countries, sit on federal court benches or serve in the U.S. Supreme Court. This is true even for the federal courts within DC's boundaries.
DC qualifies for statehood. The Constitution sets only a maximum size, “not exceeding ten miles square,” for the federal district that is the “Seat of the Government of the United States” (Article 1. Section 8). Congress has the authority to redefine the borders of the federal district and shrink its size, as it did in 1846, when the portion west of the Potomac was returned to Virginia (now Arlington and Alexandria Counties).
The proposed state map carves out a 2-mile radius to be called the National Capital Service Area, which includes federal buildings, such as the White House, Capitol, Supreme Court and the National Mall. This becomes the seat of the federal government as defined in the Constitution.
We need to revive the basic ideals of American democracy. We know that DC statehood cannot wait. Generations of Washingtonians have been denied the right to participate in our democracy – to have their voices and votes heard in Congress, to help shape the future of our nation, and to have a say on Supreme Court justices, whose decisions affect every single person living in the United States. It is time for the 712,000 tax-paying Americans to get full equality and autonomy in their government.
Why the Republicans do not want DC to become a state.
They deem that DC has the wrong kind of people living there! What the hell does that mean? Because most of the citizens there are black, it sounds racist because it is. History repeating itself.
Take New Mexico for example. It became a United States territory in 1848, after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican War. New Mexico was floated for statehood in 1850. But it did not become a state until 1912, even as more sparsely populated western states (like Wyoming) jumped the line. Why the holdup? New Mexicans were just the wrong kind of people. Here’s how the University of New Mexico describes it.
Many historians have identified racism as a key factor in the delay. In 1848 when the Mexican North was ceded to the United States, New Mexico contained the highest Mexican population in the whole region. Because the population grew slowly in the state, it maintained a majority of Hispano and Native American residents into the twentieth century. The territorial government was designed to handle this multi-lingual and multi-cultural reality. The legal system, for example, provided Spanish interpreters and published all laws in both English and Spanish. Members of Congress and the American population at large worried that such a “foreign” people would not make good American citizens. Senator C.K. Davis of Minnesota suggested so in an 1892 letter. Many agreed that New Mexico would have to wait until the population of Protestant, English-speaking “Americans” grew higher.
Hawaii was treated unfairly too, actually they were discriminated against just like New Mexico and now DC. Is on the republican’s radar.
Is being a racist an acquired trait? Or is most republicans just born being racist.
Hopefully DC will get their dream to come true and become the 51st state to join the union.
Republican Tom Cotton is a racist and bigot
He declares that people in DC are not capable of
Being a state. They have no worth, nothing to contribute.