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In a strong blow for freedom, yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that the judicial branch of government does not have authority to curtail partisan districting, otherwise known as gerrymandering. From the progressive position, or so they claim, this decision is a conservative affront to democracy itself. But what if one of the most prominent liberal Democrats in House of Representatives is the beneficiary of a serpentine, racially motivated case of gerrymandering?
First, let’s have a word about gerrymandering in general. How political districts are formed is clearly a political decision. We should have far more trust in the person who admits this than in the person who claims to have some nonpartisan “fair” way to create districts. These well-intentioned souls never seem to notice that they too are political creatures. They too, are advocating a kind of ideology.
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But let’s assume, as it is a good assumption, that with this court case gerrymandering, which has always happened, will continue to happen. What will that look like? Well, it will pretty much look like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s district in New York. In the map below you can see its circuitous pattern, but only New Yorkers will understand why it takes the path that it does. One hint is that his district is 72 percent white.
It starts in Southern Brooklyn, in a mostly white Democratic neighborhood called Bensonhurst, then dances a slender line through more conservative Bay Ridge, then up the mostly white Democrat Brooklyn coast of the East River, skips Chinatown to capture the Financial District, Chelsea, and the Upper West Side — all enclaves of, you guessed it, mostly white Democrats.
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To pretend that something other than “Let’s give Nadler a district full of white Democrats” is going on strains credulity. Even Nadler would be hard pressed to explain how...
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