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Could racial/cultural corruption be on the way out in the way we draw Congressional District boundaries?

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It has long been decried that raw political partisanship, including racism, has been motivating the re-drawing our national Congressional District boundaries – effectively reducing the political interests of racial minorities. Just the mere shape of some districts drawn after the 2010 elections look like ink-blot tests on drugs, violating mountain ranges, rivers, city limits and county lines – lines that have been drawn to ensure that whites have more voting power per person than blacks by simply dividing up black or latino areas into small pieces then assigning them to already white-dominated districts.

The problem is often blamed for the fact that the country took a hard turn to the “political right” after the 2010 elections gave control of congressional districting to the winning party – the Republicans, who, like Democrats before them when THEY won a majority of seats in the Congress, drew the district boundaries to enhance THEIR political advantage.

But the practice of “He who wins goes the spoils” may be meeting its match. The federal courts are stepping in and calling political re-districting based on race and/or ethnicity what it is – racial discrimination. Therefore it’s illegal.

This re-framing of the issue of Congressional representation could give new support to those who have long claimed that Congressional redistricting is just too important, if not critical to our democracy, to be left in the hands of partisan radicals. Mind you, it’s not political party based, but mainly regionalized politics drenched in racism.

And in the eyes of many it adds more fuel to the fire for the creation of a NON-PARTISAN national congressional redistricting commission to be created which – although not perfect – would be better, if not more legally defensible, than the horse-and-buggy system we have today.

Here’s more on this story from The Oregonian. Click here.

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