north carolina racially gerrymandered voting districts

In 1993 I sat in the Supreme Court and watched Shaw v. Reno argued. (The original suit was against the Bush administration.) Back then, the state argued that the plaintiffs were white, as if there had not been broad participation in the voting rights movement. Today the state argues that their gerrymandering is for naked partisan political gain. For them the will of the voters is something to overcome.
Two comments:
(1) How can anyone think the 12th district is anything other than an attempt to minimize the voice of African American voters?
(2) During oral arguments in 1993, Clarence Thomas threw his chair back and yawned broadly, not saying a word as usual. To think that this man was the replacement for the great Thurgood Marshall.


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