#SCOTUS Even Clarence Thomas Thought NC Gerrymandering Was Race Based

#SCOTUS Even Clarence Thomas Thought NC Gerrymandering Was Race Based


Another Big Win for Voting Rights Activists. In a huge win for victory for voting rights advocates, the Supreme Court struck down the maps of two congressional districts maps in North Carolina and ruled that the Republican controlled legislature of North Carolina drew them in an unconstitutional and race based way.

Even Associate Justice Clarence Thomas joined the majority opinion which was written by Elena Kagan. 

The district was a great example of “packing.”  That is, packing as many Black voters in one district as possible so their power will be diluted in other districts. The North Carolina legislature will now have to redraw the districts, but this time with a Democrat sitting in the Governor’s mansion.

The Charlotte Observer wrote, “the Rev. William J. Barber II, head of the state NAACP which helped bring the lawsuit in the case, said the ruling highlights what he contends has been a pattern in the General Assembly since Republicans gained control of both chambers in 2011.

“Once again with this victory the courts have said that the NC General Assembly through apartheid-type redistricting engaged in systemic racism and cheated to win elections,” Barber said in a statement. “Over and over again our unconstitutionally constituted General Assembly is being proven to be the antithesis of justice, true democracy and the fundamental principles of equality.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke