US Supreme Court rules against GOP’s redrawn district maps in Virginia.
On May 23, 2016, the United States Supreme Court, short one conservative justice after that racist swine Antonin Scalia died in February, upheld a lower court’s ruling from June 2015 in the case of Wittman v. Personhuballah that the redrawing of Virginia’s Congressional districts was racially motivated and therefore unlawful. According to the plaintiffs, the lines were drawn in such a way that black voters were squeezed into the Commonwealth’s third district, thus limiting their voting power in other areas of the Commonwealth and hampering the reelection of Democratic U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott, the only black Virginian in Congress.
Indeed, the motivation of the gerrymandering was just as much about undermining the Democratic Party, as at least 80% of the black population has been voting Democratic since 1964 owing to President John F. Kennedy taking up the cause of civil rights in 1963 and Lyndon Baines Johnson following JFK’s example after the latter was slain.
Because the redistricting scheme also packed a disproportionate number of Democratic voters into Republican U.S. Representative Randy J. Forbes’ district, Forbes has opted to switch to a district that was majority white, predominantly Republican and therefore more conducive to him retaining his Congressional seat. Forbes even admitted that that was his primary motivation for the relocation.
Indeed, the ruling presents another stumbling block for the Republicans at the worst possible time. With Scalia dead, the hands of the conservative wing of the United States Supreme Court are tied, making for one less method for the Republican party to unfairly influence the upcoming national election. To be sure, I am not in the least overflowing with sympathy, though I do hold conflicting emotions. On the one hand, I am delighted that that hardheaded silly bastard Mitch McConnell petulantly blocking President Obama from appointing a Justice to fill the vacancy left by Scalia (not that Scalia brought much justice to the Court in the first place) has proved more disadvantageous to the Republican party and its supporters than was hoped. On the other hand, I am outraged that the Republicans would dare try to fly in the face of the Voting Rights Act, as Section 2 thereof explicitly states:
“No voting qualifications or prerequisite to voting, or standard,practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.”
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