Current and former lawmakers are joining forces to sue Michigan’s redistricting committee, claiming their new map – which had previously been praised by former President Barack Obama – violates the Voting Rights Act and disenfranchises voters of color.
“If you’re feeling discouraged about our democracy, read this article about how citizens in Michigan took politics out of the redistricting process,” he wrote, sharing an article about. “It’s why the work @EricHolder and the @DemRedistrict are doing to fight gerrymandering is so important.”
If you're feeling discouraged about our democracy, read this article about how citizens in Michigan took politics out of the redistricting process. It’s why the work @EricHolder and the @DemRedistrict are doing to fight gerrymandering is so important. https://t.co/0Wqd633bC0
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 31, 2021
According to the lawmakers, the map in its current state weakens the black vote by scattering out voters and preventing the creation of majority-black districts. The lawsuit will be filed with the state Supreme Court.
Former state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo claimed that the map was created “at the expense of Black voters’ representation” simply because the Democrats already in charge want a majority.
“Don’t leave us out in the rain because you simply want a majority.”
Twitter users were over race being used as a political chip:
Ridiculous and political theater. For a multitude of reasons… pic.twitter.com/GXmRl7cX1R
— Jennifer J. Greening, Politigal Extraordinaire (@Mod_PartyGirl) January 3, 2022
It’s also insulting to assume that all the close in suburbs to Detroit will not vote for minorities.
— Sparty Sonja (@SpartySonja) January 3, 2022
Are we no longer attempting to achieve a society where people are judged by the content of their character? As a resident of the current and future 13th Congressional District, who gets my vote is determined by Principle, not Party, not Personality.
— Walter P. Duro (@waltduro) January 3, 2022
Sad time in America as we watch our democracy get dismantled across the nation.
— Steven Barrison (@StevenBarrison) January 4, 2022
Could of just went “lawmakers”, it’s the same thing
Wonder how race can ever be removed from American politics?? 🤔
— 🆓🧠 (@Tom27316) January 4, 2022
Gerrymandering can benefit individual politicians while giving more seats to the other party. Like Jim clyburn, because of how his state is gerrymandered republicans are over represented but he will never lose his seat.
— brad downs (@bradleydowns) January 4, 2022
Cry harder. The lawsuits won’t work.
— BB 🇺🇸🍺 (@BeerBot200) January 4, 2022
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