Skip to comments.Maryland redistricting plan hit by blacks
Posted on 12/24/2011 11:23:29 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
ANNAPOLIS Black voters and lawmakers said Thursday that a proposed state-level redistricting map provides too few majority-black districts and would lead to continued underrepresentation of minorities in the General Assembly.
The testimony was given during a public hearing held by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and his appointed redistricting panel, which remapped Marylands 47 state Senate districts to account for population changes in the past decade.
The panel submitted the map last week and touted the strides it would make toward improving minority representation by increasing the number of majority-black districts from 10 to 12 and increasing the number of majority-minority districts to 16.
Many speakers at the hearing, however, said the changes arent enough, that communities were split to dilute black influence in some cases and that population numbers indicate Maryland should have no fewer than 14 majority-black districts.
I believe we have a good product, said Sen. C. Anthony Muse, Prince Georges Democrat. But I also believe we can do better.
More than 25 people spoke at the three-hour hearing, which was attended by as many as 100 people in a nearly packed joint legislative hearing room in the building of the Department of Legislative Services.
Most concerns focused on the maps proposed changes in Prince Georges County and Baltimore.
Many of the speakers argued that the state undercompensated for the growing black population in Prince Georges, left Baltimore vulnerable to losing one of its six senators and did less to protect black communities from split representation than it did for many white communities.
There is concern that the way that it was done is maybe not the most appropriate, said Sen. Verna L. Jones-Rodwell, a Baltimore Democrat whose district would be relocated largely to Baltimore County to account for the citys lost residents.
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Tell me again who the racists are? If anyone else tried this crap, there would be rioting in the streets.
See what happens when they try to get rid of an R congressman :)
Why protect what destroys the State?
Even NOT counting the “mixed” districts,
seems like these ratios suggest the state is over 23% black.
If this is not true, than the white population is being discriminated against No?
And there is no racism in this at all....
Maryland should be renamed “PollyAnnaland”..
Those people have fallen down a bunny hole..
Very strange politics coming out of Maryland..
As per census data Maryland is 28% black
~ Larry Elder, "The Ten Things You Can't Say In America"
What the Heck? Where's the majority Asian district? Jewish district? LDS district? Lavender/Gay district? Hispanic/Latino district?
What is so SACRED about capitulating to the demands of a particularly squeaky wheel? When will appeasement end, and the badges of servitude deemed cleansed?
Practically speaking, Maryland is 30% black. But this should not translate into 30% of the legislative seats, since there is wide racial variation between districts.
By my count, 14 of 47 of the legislative districts are clearly black majority. So that alone guarantees them close to 30% representation, but again, at a state level.
The Maryland legislature black caucus has 44 members, out of 188 total senators and representatives. A little more than 27%, so it is also close at the state level.
And their grammar is worse,too.
“How old is you?”
“You is a liar”.
“I do be patient”.
Et cetera,et cetera,et cetera.
“..too few majority-black districts.”
So Segregation is a good thing when there are freebies and handouts for the plantation folk.
Having it both ways, as usual.
I am getting really tired of this.
Blacks should have full equality, but they do not deserve any further special considerations.
I am a conservative and I am sure underrepresented in this State!
Exactly. Why not Asian districts, Muslim districts, Wiccan districts, homo districts? Just extend this to its natural logical conclusion. We aren’t all Americans anymore, we’re just conglomerations of “special interest” groups, apparently.
This is what the left and their identity politics have wrought, and they love it. They can keep power in perpetuity by pandering to victim groups and bribing them, and increasing the variety of groups.
According to the 2010 Census, 29.4% of MD’s population is black. If there are 47 members in the state senate, then blacks would be “underrepresented” if they have fewer than 14 members. I, for one, would be willing to join Kweisi Mfume in a rally if it meant that they drew 14 black-majority senate districts, since it would make surrounding districts far less Democrat and give the GOP a much better chance of winning the state senate.
So, what they're saying is that they ("Black leaders") don't believe that there are any blacks competent and motivated enough to win in a fair integrated election.
They are so racist they believe that a non-black can't represent their legitimate political interests...but a black will properly represent any non-blacks in "their" district.
They're saying that they are entitled to seats based on race, but it would be racist for non-blacks to vote for a non-black over a black to represent themselves.
They're saying, "FUMLKjr!"
Of course he is. Protecting black Democrats will only increase the odds of Republicans winning surrounding districts through “bleaching” of the electorate.
MD is 29.4% black and around 57% Democrat. Assuming blacks are 28% of the electorate and vote 90% Democrat (which, if anything, understates the black turnout and propensity to vote Dem in MD), that means that non-blacks in MD (a group overwhelmingly composed of whites) vote 56% Republican and 44% Democrat. And since whites in southern Montgomery County and inner-city Baltimore are heavily Democrat, that means that whites outside those areas are over 60% Republican. So RATs need to make sure that districts are at least 25% Dem (at least 35% Dem in rural areas) if they want to win. And to draw districts that are 25%-35% black, they need to minimize the number of black-majority districts they draw, and minimize the black percentage even in the few black-majority districts that they countenance. That’s why MD blacks are getting the shaft from Democrats, and the same thing happens in just about every state the Dems control.
Is there a majority conservative district in Maryland?
This map is for the state legisl00ture.
Majority-black districts destroy the State? If anything, they enhance the State, since those districts WILL elect Democrats (party of big, quasi-Marxist government).
What strange politics? I believe the Blacks might have gotten all 14 of “their” districts, had they not opposed the gay marriage bill.
Basically, anything outside Baltimore, MontyCo, PG Co, and Howard Co.
“Maryland redistricting plan hit by blacks” which mneans it hurts Democrats - nice Christ-mass gift.
Thats my understanding of this. The white dems are trying to dilute the black vote with crazy shaped districts so that they can eliminate a few republican seats.
Republicans and black dems are working together to prevent this from happening.
All this from the same folks who supported white
liberal candidates over the likes of a black
Republican like Michael Steele.
Okay so that is the western part of the state and the eastern shore?
Essentially, but there are large pockets stuck in the middle. The liberal pull of the central pockets is very strong and proves the usefulness of the principle of electoral colleges as well as equal vs. weighted representation. People in the more conservative parts - which is the majority - feel screwed by a few square miles.
So Maryland has some gerryandered districts? Here, Florida has a state seate seat that go through St. Pete’s black area, Tampa’s black area, and the Hispanic area of Hillsborough County. Somehow, it misses the Apollo Beach area (average home prices 300k) and the retirement areas, both Republican areas.
LOL - you can’t get worse than this. I’ve lived all my life in this ridiculous district:
I’m still pissed about the Congressional map. By putting more of Montco in it they manged to dilute the McCain % in the 6th to 42%. By my estimation the Bush % should be 5-7 points higher than that, a tie with Kerry at best.
That district looks like a child drew it up. It looks like it is about 5 miles across, if nnot les.
That's Illinois-17, designed to help a certain minority population. Let's put it this way: that district went to Obama 56%-42%. The "neighboring" 18th District went to McCain 50%-48% (and he sucked as a candidate, as we all know). The 18th went for Bush in '04 by 58%-42%, while the 17th went for Kerry that year. Ahhh, the wonders of gerrymandering...
In those “connector” areas you see, it is or has been (they’re constantly fiddling with these things) often just 1 street. That 1 street may connect bloated areas 10-15 mi wide.
It is absolutely horrendously absurd.
All we need is some geometrical language in there to get more logical, normal zones.
I agree we need to get normal lines, not these jigsaw shaped districts. Yes, it might help Republicans, but shouldn’t we try to getthe message about Empowerment to the blacks?
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