Card by card, GOP attacks black Democrats’ power
Republicans, who have much more control over the national redistribution than Democrats, defend their cards as legal and fair, giving a range of reasons.
Kirk Smith, the Republican chairman of the Lee County Commissioners Council, said that “to say that only one person of a certain racial or ethnic group can represent only one person of the same racial or ethnic group presents all the pitfalls of ethnocentric racism ”.
In North Carolina and elsewhere, Republicans say their new maps do not take into account race, meaning officials did not use any racial data to design the maps and therefore could not have drawn districts to racial discrimination because they had no idea where communities of color were located.
“During the 2011 redistribution process, lawmakers took race into account when establishing constituencies,” Ralph Hise, Republican Senator from North Carolina, said in a statement. Through a spokesperson, he declined to answer specific questions, citing an ongoing dispute.
His statement continued, “We were then sued for racial considerations and ordered to draw new districts. So, in this process, lawmakers did not use any racial data when establishing districts, and we are now being sued for not considering race.
In other states, cartographers have refused to add new majority colored neighborhoods, even as minority resident populations have exploded. In Texas, where the population has grown by four million since the 2010 redistribution cycle, people of color account for over 95% of the growth, but the state legislature has drawn two new seats in Congress with majority populations. white.
And in states like Alabama and South Carolina, Republican map designers continue a decades-long tradition of lumping nearly all of the voting-age black population into a single congressional district, despite voters’ arguments for create two separate districts. In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said Thursday that the Republican-controlled state legislature should draw a second majority district in the Black House.