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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Again, self explanatory.
    That doesn't make sense. There is no such thing as "justified racial discrimination." Racial discrimination, by definition, is unjustified.
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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Congressional districts should be multi-member, drawn by population, and drawn by an independent commission. Racial makeup of districts should have nothing to do with it.

    Interestingly enough, New Zealand has seats specifically allocated to the Maori people in their Parliament.
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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Again, self explanatory.
    no and there is no such thing in this country as justified racial discrimination

    and Gerrymandering to distort voting is a despicable.
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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    Congressional districts should be multi-member, drawn by population, and drawn by an independent commission. Racial makeup of districts should have nothing to do with it.

    Interestingly enough, New Zealand has seats specifically allocated to the Maori people in their Parliament.
    If its drawn by population, whites will always win, since they are a majority in any given district.

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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    If its drawn by population, whites will always win, since they are a majority in any given district.
    That's not exactly true, given that there are 27 congressional districts that are African-American majority, 30 that are Hispanic majority, and 1 that is Asian Pacific Islander majority, in addition to the fact that there are current African-American, Asian, and Hispanic congressmen/women.
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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Nope.The only thing that should have anything to with how these districts are drawn is the number of voters and that is it.It should not have anything to do with age,gender, race, political affiliation and so on.
    EXACTLY!!! It would be a simple matter to write a program that would draw the lines for districts based on nothing more than population and possibly a couple of variables such as barriers to transportation (for those sad places that don't have the wonderful system of 100% Vote By Mail that Oregon has).
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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    Congressional districts should be multi-member, drawn by population, and drawn by an independent commission. Racial makeup of districts should have nothing to do with it.

    Interestingly enough, New Zealand has seats specifically allocated to the Maori people in their Parliament.
    No commission, just use software and take all the whining out of the equation. An algorithm to partition by population is simple to write. Start by calculating the number of people in each district and then start at the NW corner of the state and work your way to the SE corner adding population in city block sized increments, working in patterns that create the "squarest" districts possible.
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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by faithful_servant View Post
    No commission, just use software and take all the whining out of the equation. An algorithm to partition by population is simple to write. Start by calculating the number of people in each district and then start at the NW corner of the state and work your way to the SE corner adding population in city block sized increments, working in patterns that create the "squarest" districts possible.
    Not a bad idea, actually.
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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    Because of gerrymandering. Look at FLorida. We have 2 districts drawn to ensure black representation because democrats and republicans made a deal for it.

    America’s most gerrymandered congressional districts - The Washington Post

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    Re: Is congressional districting according to race justified racial discrimination?

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    Not a bad idea, actually.
    Unfortunately, it'll never happen. Too much to be gained by the people doing the jerrymandering (on BOTH sides).
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