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Mon Jan 3, 2022, 01:22 PM

Detroit lawmakers plan to challenge redistricting maps over racial fairness

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, approved by voters in 2018, changed the way the once-in-a-decade redistricting process is done by giving that responsibility to a 13-member citizens panel made up four Republicans, four Democrats and five non-partisan members.

“Unfortunately, the problem lies in the largest African American majority city in the nation has received the very short end of the stick,” said filing attorney Nabih Ayad. “The new redistricting map lines have unfairly discriminated against the city of Detroit, its residents and its elected officials.”

Overall, the maps adopted by the commission last week decreased the number of majority-Black districts in the proposed maps by stretching Detroit districts into the suburbs. African Americans are an influential voting bloc in the Democratic Party. The spoke-like districts were drawn as such in an effort to increase partisan fairness and "unpack" past efforts to isolate the Democratic vote to certain districts.

While some Detroit Democrats remained disgruntled with the new maps approved last week, larger Democratic groups weren't quick to criticize the maps.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, now chairman for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, praised the commission's work as a "success" that shows independent commissions can "produce a fair result.


[link:https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/03/detroit-lawmakers-plan-challenge-redistricting-maps-over-racial-fairness/9074966002/|

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Mon Jan 3, 2022, 07:06 PM

1. As a person who worked on the petition and getting it passed

I have a question. Are you suggesting packing would be ok in some cases? Blacks do not have to be a majority in a district to have a black representative. IMHO this is BS and racist.

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Response to tiredtoo (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 3, 2022, 07:24 PM

2. Black incumbents are sueing because they believe that to be the case.

They can explain their own reasoning on why. I personally wouldn't call them racist

I'm just posting because I thought it provided a follow up to posts here a few days ago about redistricting in Michigan. Others had mentioned the disagreement at the time.

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