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  •  Some comments from an earlier discussion (1+ / 0-)
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    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 11:28:42 AM PST

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    •  Note the quasi ghetto Philly seats (2+ / 0-)
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      grubber, Roger Fox

      Both PA-01 and PA-02 are big city districts, with 50%+ minority majorities.

      So 226,000 Democrats to 40,000 Repubs in one and 303,000 to 32,000 in the other. One with a white Representative, the other with a black.

      Take 50,000 or 100,000 voters out of each district and add them to any one or two or three suburban districts and those might become competitive. And in turn, move 50,000 or even 100,000 suburban voters into each big city district.

      The nay-sayers in the thread you link to suggest that no minority persons would ever be elected except in districts that are more than two-thirds minority. To me it seems almost racist to think that in most states a black could not get elected in a district that was barely 50% minority.

      Over and over again blacks won big city mayorships for the first time with 90% of the black vote and 15% or 20% of the much larger white vote, and that was 30 years ago. There are still plenty of bigoted white voters, but surely fewer of them than a generation ago.

      But for now, we segregate most black voters into ghettoized districts that are overwhelmingly black, and thereby deny them the right to help chose more than one Representative, instead of from several districts that are more inclusive and more like the demographic make-up of the state or nation.

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