John Roberts and Racial Gerrymandering

Strict Gerrymandering by race is illegal, so how can it be claimed? According to Alabama, that was the question Tuesday in the Supreme Court in Merrill and Milligan, a case involving the state’s recent redraw of its U.S. Home map. The new counties remain as they are, with a predominantly black location in the southeast. The state said it used 2020 Census data only to make “race-neutral adjustments for small changes in population.”

But Alabama has seven House seats, so a black majority makes up 14%, while 26% of the state’s voting-age population is black. In January, a federal court said Alabama was required by the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to create a second black district, with 29% representation. Is this the law or another misguided attempt at what the Chief Justice John Roberts once called a “dirty business, this divides us by race”? John Roberts and Racial Gerrymandering

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