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  •  Gerrymandering (8+ / 0-)

    explains the seats / black population disparities.

    Racism explains the Gerrymandering.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference.

    by blue aardvark on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 02:29:28 PM PDT

    •  Talk some more about that. (0+ / 0-)

      {explains the seats / black population disparities.

      Racism explains the Gerrymandering.}

      Could you expand on that?

      Many states use some form of racial gerrymandering.

      (Although in the case of one former majority black Congressional district in LA, the courts struck the district lines down because they were so ridiculously drawn, that the lines were found to be illegal.

      Louisiana once had two majority black districts, and sent two blacks to the House. Now the state only has one majority black district... which is represented by a non-black Republican. But that's a long story for another day.)

      It might be that the legislature's district lines aren't drawn in a manner that enables blacks to get a better chance of being elected.  

      Maybe. But I am not conversant enough about LA legislative districts are drawn to make that statement.

      •  The idea (0+ / 0-)

        is to concentrate minority (AA) voters in as few districts as possible.
        So you get one district that is likely to elect an AA, and all the others can tell the AA voters to get lost.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference.

        by blue aardvark on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 03:28:50 PM PDT

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    •  simplify (0+ / 0-)

      In theory, theory and practice are the same, in practice they are different.

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