We want government representatives to cover all viewpoints of their constituents fairly.
Advocates for racial representation try to segregate those of a particular color or race so that they can have their own representation.
A recent Democratic judicial panel in the US District Court of Western Texas ruled that Congressional boundaries were drawn so as to minimize relative numbers of a particular ethnic group, by spreading their bloc among adjacent districts and, thus, dilute their ability to elect candidates of the same ethnic persuasion in any of those districts. As if the identified group all thought alike and would want the exact same things…
Is it truly better to have a district with boundaries drawn so that a majority race or majority color can be constructed from adjacent districts that otherwise would claim those minorities?
Which groups or divisions of people are acceptable to create such a minority district from, and must it also be relatively contiguous geographically? Is it solely color of skin, or should all physical, mental, ethnic and cultural differences be accounted for separately in representation from districts?
If Italians and Irish are commingled in two adjacent districts, is it better to divide the two national-origin groups by gerrymandering the boundaries so that there is a more exclusively Irish district and a more exclusively Italian district? Or, should we simply draw compact and contiguous districts regardless of the relative proportions of Italians and Irish?
If Jews and Christians, similarly, are intermixed geographically, should we re-draw boundaries so as to give a district with primarily Jewish constituents in one or more districts while drawing the boundaries to concentrate Christians in the remaining districts?
How far should we take this objective of drawing boundaries to create a majority constituent group?
- Should we segregate constituents by gender identity issues?
- Maybe women from men?
- Maybe English- from Russian-speaking from Chinese-speaking?
- Maybe rich from poor?
- Maybe smart from dumb?
- Where does this divisiveness stop?
To unite people, we divide them. That’s logical.
We don’t try to see past differences – we focus on them.
We don’t try to find common ground – we seek confrontational divisive politics.
Melting pot, shmelting pot.
Those district judges “know” that if you have the same skin color as someone else, you want the same things and you vote the same way. They’re not prejudiced at all. And their views unite us all.