NAACP rescinds its support of Puerto Rican statehood

TheHill | 7/19/2018 | Emily Birnbaum
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The NAACP on Thursday rescinded its support for Puerto Rican statehood.

The civil rights group emphasized Puerto Rican "self-determination" in a statement walking back its endorsement of a bill that would make Puerto Rico the 51st state, which it voted to support on Tuesday.

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"Puerto Rico should be free to decide its preferred option in a fair and inclusive manner," the NAACP said, adding that it has a "long history of supporting the democratic value of self-determination."

In a statement on Tuesday, the NAACP threw its weight behind the Puerto Rican Admission Act after an appeal from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who described Puerto Rican statehood as a "civil rights issue."

NAACP - Course - Pushback - Statehood - Opponents

The NAACP reversed course following pushback from statehood opponents.

Though Puerto Ricans voted for statehood in 2012 and 2017, opponents say the votes were "rigged" because the referenda did not include the word "commonwealth" as an option for voters to choose, using instead the more neutral "current status."

Referendum - Basis - Rosselló - Administration - Claim

In the 2017 referendum -- the basis for the Rosselló administration's claim to statehood -- 97 percent of voters chose statehood, but participation was a paltry 23 percent, largely due to a boycott of the vote organized by the opposition Popular Democratic...
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