On Monday morning, the Supreme Court issued a rather significant ruling against North Carolina when they determined that Republican state legislators had engaged in unconstitutionally gerrymandering districts to dilute the influence of the African American vote in the state.
As reported by CNN:
The Supreme Court struck down two congressional district maps in North Carolina Monday, holding that the state had engaged in an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.
The ruling is a victory for the black North Carolina voters who had argued the plans packed African-Americans in districts that already had a high percentage of African-Americans, thus diluting their presence in other districts.
This is a huge ruling because it serves as yet another example where GOP state legislatures have been busted unconstitutionally trying to gerrymander districts to essentially rig elections. This ruling carries with it quite a lot of significance with the 2018 midterms quickly approaching and power in Congress up for grabs.
The on-going GOP effort to disenfranchise voters and rig elections is one of those stories that, personally, I don’t think gets the attention it deserves. Not only are these crooks gerrymandering many congressional districts in such ways that they favor Republican candidates, but they’re also passing strict voter ID laws that studies have found disproportionately impact minorities and other groups of voters who don’t tend to support Republican candidates.
It’s stories such as this that prompted me to write an article a few weeks ago where I linked many of the battles we’re still fighting today as nothing more than a continuation of the Civil War. The efforts by southern and rural whites to disenfranchise minorities, in particular African Americans, are clearly something we’re still having to combat.
When the Civil War ended slavery, these southern and rural whites turned to segregation and other racist legislative moves in blatant efforts to deny African Americans their Constitutional rights. Even though the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts helped, those same southern and rural whites have still continued to find loopholes and back-ally ways to deny, restrict, and infringe upon the rights of African Americans.
Seeing as Republicans can’t outright block African American voters from voting, their efforts now are focused on diluting their vote (as North Carolina was just found guilty of trying to do), or making it more difficult for them to be eligible to vote via these new voter ID laws. To anyone with even a shred of common sense, it’s undeniable what Republicans are trying to do. The sad thing is, I really don’t think many Republican voters care how they “win” — even if it’s by cheating — just as long as they win.
In many ways we’ve come a long way from the days of slavery and segregation. However, it’s undeniably obvious with the election of a “Commander-in-Chief” enthusiastically celebrated and supported by the KKK, neo-Nazis and white nationalists that we still have a ways to go in this on-going battle against racism, bigotry, and hate.