Skip to comments.Louisiana redistricting case seen as crucial test of Voting Rights Act
Posted on 06/04/2011 3:36:52 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan
In a racially mixed corner of Shreveport, La., a small group of white voters protested loudly this year that they did not want to be part of a majority black district when the legislature redrew the states political boundaries. The Republican-led statehouse complied, drawing a line around the community to accommodate them.
That line is at the heart of a case before the Justice Department that is seen as a critical test of how the Obama administration will interpret the controversial Voting Rights Act as it rules on a new wave of redistricting plans.
The law, passed in 1965, was designed in part to prevent white lawmakers from weakening the voting strength of minorities with the deft drawing of district lines. More than a dozen states, including Louisiana, are required because of their history of discrimination to clear their redistricting plans with Justice.
But some lawmakers in those states, many of which have Republican majorities, say they do not trust the Obama administration to fairly assess their maps. This is the first time since the passage of the Voting Rights Act that a Democratic administration has been in the White House following a decennial census, when state lawmakers redraw local, state and congressional boundaries.
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With all the historic gerrymandering and pandering to various groups in drawing district lines, who could blame them?
The decisions will be based on Just Us.
It seems that the elections are already decided with these laws.
Texas and its gerrymandered districts will be tested imo.
The Voting Rights Act is Reconstruction II, another occupation, this time political.
Who could blame the white voters or who could blame the DOJ?
Probably so. Any predictions?
Balkanizing America along racial lines.
Ethnic cleansing next?
...lawmakers in those states, many of which have Republican majorities, say they do not trust the Obama administration to fairly assess their maps. This is the first time since the passage of the Voting Rights Act that a Democratic administration has been in the White House following a decennial census, when state lawmakers redraw local, state and congressional boundaries.
Not really other than I’d not be surprised to see another district with Hispanic potential emerge. Look at the proposed I believe it’s #33 that includes parts of Jefferson Cty and makes a circle to the north and west. The district as drawn has nothing in common from one end to the other, just as an example of gerrymandering, imo.
I’m sorry it’s proposed District #36 in Plan 125 assuming that plan gets approved. It’s a farce.
If the black representatives were not ignoring their whitey constituents this would not be an issue.
Removing white voters from what is apparently a gerrymandered district designed to elect a black politician affects the district, how?
It’s actually good to pack Blacks in the same district in the south. It leaves you with 1 Black rat and Republicans in the other districts. Instead of several White rats if you spread out the Black vote.
I’m in a VRA State Senate district (Black). My member completely ignores us (indeed, we don’t even so much as get campaign materials or newsletter updates).
You’ve got to admit that gerrymandering is an affront to liberty. How can you have real representation when ‘communities’ are mere political creations to preserve political power?
The dirty little secret now is that President Obama has done something no one ever thought possible - he has unified the white vote (against the Democrats).
It really doesn’t matter how they attempt to spread blacks out, particularly in those Southern States, as the white vote will overwhelm their votes in any case.
It took decades - but whites (in large part) FINALLY see just who the Democrats are and what they stand for.
I hate things like this. When it's a white majority district by demographic happenstance it's illegal, immoral and fattening. When it's remapped to being a black majority district it's a fist-in-the-air victory for diversity and the downtrodden.
White districts elect all manner of people to represent them: white, black, hispanic, asian, men, women, gays and somehow whites are seen as racists, bigots and homophobes.
The motivation here it to produce a Democrat ghetto, another modern perpetual plantation from which to siphon votes and dollars which will see no return for the voter's loyalty.
The Obama Justice Department needs to be watched very closely.
I finally agree w you on something. Never thought that would happen. Hope springs eternal.
Just repeal the unconstitutional act, The Feds should not be in the business of making laws regarding their own election.
There an no equal standing when Some States are made to follow laws not applied to other States. Much less Laws no where authorized in the Federal Constitution.
This Orwellian “Voting Rights act” is an abomination in almost every respect.
I actually understand the concerns of theses Louisianian voters. A republican in a democratic dominated district has little in the way of honest representation. That is to say nothing of the even more reduced representation of white voters in a district dominated by all but openly racist black democrats. Democrats that have convinced themselves that they are justified in “punishing” whites to “uplift” themselves.
Wow that’s incredible! It’s pretty well designed to include every major city in NC. You would do well to drive a car from one end of that district to the other in a single day.
Run all the illegal aliens out of Texas, and let’s bring white South African immigrants in. They’re being persecuted in South Africa and are looking for a place; the Southwest seems to fit the bill.
It is an awful process, but the best there is. The question is who is to draw the district lines? Will it be State politicians who can be replaced, or bigoted, unelected ideologues from DC with no stake in the community? I don’t see why a biased decision from a bureaucrat or a Judge is any more virtuous, or “fair” than district lines coming from the people’s State reps.
I’m not convinced I understand your point in your second second sentence.
They don't ignore them. Not at all. They pay very careful attention -- and then do the opposite, out of malice and spite.
Their keyword is "payback". It's a religious mantra, intended to heal divisions by holding one group's head under the mud with a boot on the back of the neck, until the bubbling indicates that the party of the second part has, in fact, expired. Call it "Haitian reconciliation."
A version, if you will, of Orwell's famous last line: "a boot stamping on a human face forever."
There. That do anything for clarity and comprehension?
“he has unified the white vote (against the Democrats).”
pfff, not nearly true.
Here in Illinois 98% of white catholics will still vote Democrat.
98% of white union members will still vote Dem.
98% of white gays will still vote Dem.
98% college students will still vote Dem.
80% of white retirees will still vote Dem.
90% of all white Jews will still vote Dem.
98% of all gub’mint employees will still vote Dem.
don’t kid yourself.
“It leaves you with 1 Black rat and Republicans in the other districts. Instead of several White rats if you spread out the Black vote.”
That’s a good point.
“Here in Illinois 98% of white catholics will still vote Democrat. 98% of white union members will still vote Dem.
98% of white gays will still vote Dem. 98% college students will still vote Dem. 80% of white retirees will still vote Dem. 90% of all white Jews will still vote Dem. 98% of all gubmint employees will still vote Dem.
dont kid yourself.”
That was all in the “beforetimes”; now the job market, gasoline prices, and tax situation has up-ended everything. NJ has a very similar problem to Illinois, and yet elected Chris Christie as governor a year after Obama carried the state. Ditto for MA - Brown & Christie may not be everyone’s ideal “Republican”, but the groups that opposed them (especially Christie) were the right enemies for conservatives to have.
“Their keyword is “payback”. It’s a religious mantra, intended to heal divisions by holding one group’s head under the mud with a boot on the back of the neck, until the bubbling indicates that the party of the second part has, in fact, expired. Call it “Haitian reconciliation.” “
Their problem is that their enemy feeds, clothes, schools, and cares for them; they are hardly in a position to make a go of it alone (which every black Democrat concedes in supporting the party that will tend to them as if they were helpless, illiterate field hands).
"This is the Middle East."
The Fed can only complain about the lines, they can not draw them.
“dont kid yourself.”
I think some of your numbers are a bit off, but I get your point.
I’m thinking more in the South...we have state legislators by the dozens or even hundreds switching parties as they know that the Democratic name is permanently tainted.
I’m all for more districts like that. Make them 95%-100%black I say. They deserve the representation they get.