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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is in the spotlight these days. The farcical impeachment of Donald Trump has landed in his large lap, and he will largely determine how the rest of this process goes. Yesterday he treated us to a parade of deeply concerned constitutional experts, but as he works towards the removal of a duly elected president of the United States, it’s worth having a look at his wildly gerrymandered and super-white congressional district.
Democrats hate gerrymandering, at least when Republicans do it. They want independent commissions, not lawmakers, to decide our congressional districts. Okay, but what about Nadler’s ponderous and unlikely New York 10? Going from south to north, this district somewhat amazingly starts in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, then grazes a few blocks of Bay Ridge before leaping the East River and somehow winding up on the west coast of Manhattan, capturing TriBeCa, Soho, Chelsea, and the Upper West Side.
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What is the result of this unlikely serpentine district? It just so happens it is more than 70 percent white, in a city where white people are less than 50 percent of the population. It somehow also manages to be less than 5 percent black in a city where black people make up a quarter of the population. Let’s be clear, there is only one plausible explanation for this unicorn district, and it is to be as white possible so Nadler doesn’t face pesky challenges from politicians of color.
This would be business as usual if not for the fact that Democrats regularly lecture us all about the evils of gerrymandering. When Republicans do it, it is apparently horrible and racist; when Jerrymander Nadler does it, nobody bats an eye. Its just politics as usual in New York City. He goes along, he gets along, and nobody says...
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