Samantha Bee presented a special episode of Full Frontal in Puerto Rico last night.
In preparation, the program did research on Puerto Rico and produced a “Primer on Puerto Rico.”
This video does not pretend to be a precise, balanced explanation of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States, but it brings up some controversies of which many Americans are unaware.
Not long ago, polls found that more than half of Americans didn’t know that people born in Puerto Rico are citizens of the United States. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, awareness developed as people across the nation tried to figure out why the United States is responsible for Puerto Rico.
Here’s some background information on some of these points:
- Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States.
- How did Puerto Rico become a territory of the United States?
- Would an exemption from the Jones Act help Puerto Rico?
- Was Puerto Rican citizenship all about the draft?
Bee describes the program as “joyful” and says she wanted to give people in Puerto Rico an opportunity to share the ways they’re working on recovery for the Island.
With the program completed, Bee says that she wanted to continue to help. She decided to accomplish this by choosing Transom, a screen printing company in Puerto Rico, to print her program’s fundraising T-shirts. She has challenged other late-night hosts to do the same, and has linked from the Full Frontal website to Transom’s web page to make it easy for others in the states to support at least one business in Puerto Rico.
Bee is also supporting the Hispanic Federation, a charitable organization. She spoke in favor of the combination of charitable giving to help with disaster recovery and providing jobs for Puerto Rico’s economic future.