Gerrymandering is ugly. Everyone does it. And it’s made the country and both parties worse.
And obviously building districts around race in any capacity, whether to break up districts or to create them, is wrong. But the Supreme Court, which just shut down systemic racism in college admissions, has demanded that Alabama create black majority districts.
Blacks make up slightly more than one-fourth of the population. Alabama’s current map, which has not changed much since 1992, has one majority black district out of seven.
Last year, a three-judge district court ruled that Alabama’s map most likely violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the influence of black voters. The Supreme Court’s ruling in June affirmed that.
The three-judge district court said that to fix the problem, Alabama needed to add a second district that was majority black or close to that to give black voters an opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice in a state with racially polarized voting.
Districts should be based on geography and general population, not on race. Racial gerrymandering is even worse than regular gerrymandering. If the issue is creating majority Democrat districts, that’s bad enough, but districts should not be based on race. We don’t have a racial republic or democracy. There’s no room for white or black supremacy in allotting voting areas. Then the next step would be to give black people more votes or other equity practices. We know how gerrymandering works and we know how to get rid of it.
Racial majority districts for white or black people are not the answer.