Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments in Texas Racially Discriminatory Redistricting Cases
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases that challenge racially discriminatory redistricting in Texas. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will argue that the state intentionally created and voted for discriminatory redistricting maps – twice. CLC submitted an amicus brief in support of the argument.
Throughout the redistricting process, legislative leaders excluded all representatives of the black and Latino communities from meaningfully contributing to or commenting on the mapping process. In addition, those same leaders were openly “hostile to the creation of any minority districts,” and were willing to provide minority opportunities “only if they felt it was required by the VRA.”
Today the Supreme Court has an opportunity to hold the Texas state legislature accountable for its discriminatory acts and refuse to endorse a strategy of simply re-enacting discriminatory maps mid-litigation based upon explicitly preliminary and temporary court rulings along the way.
It’s now up to the Supreme Court to rein in this anti-democratic and discriminatory practice. The Supreme Court must enforce our most basic ground rule in redistricting: politicians cannot intentionally discriminate against voters because of their race. We’re hopeful the Court will do so in these cases.
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