#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
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Instagram: LVB325.