Jacksonville’s new City Council districts are drawn and done but the liberal whining about them is not.
No matter what the outcome, they would be whining about the Republican majority’s efforts, exactly as Democrats statewide are whining about the Republican majority’s legislative and congressional redistricting maps.
It is, as a great writer Democrats don’t want children to learn about said, “Full of sound and fury signifying nothing.”
The new local maps actually don’t change the existing 14 districts much, which makes the complaints even more ridiculous.
As before, there are four districts with a sizeable majority of residents (57 percent plus) who have black skin.
Liberals wanted more such districts, because people with black skin vote 86 percent for Democrats, (for reasons that cannot be explained).
But, there aren’t enough people of the right color to go around.
Oddly, liberal black Democrats opposing the method Democrats have used to create “minority” districts sound a bit — conservative.
In fact, the new districts are reasonably compact and concise, as the law requires them to be.
Liberals want voters to believe that all people with the same color skin act, think and vote alike, which is of course utter nonsense.
Where did the idea come from that people with black skin can’t get elected? Locally, such people have been on the City Council for more than a half-century. Two current members with black skin have been elected citywide, and one of them is the council president. Both are Republicans.
And, by the way, black-skinned woman Council Member Joyce Morgan was elected in a district where 65 percent of the voters had white skin.
Are voters with black skin who might prefer a Republican candidate being treated unfairly when they are in a district packed with Democrats?
There’s no question the council could not have done better. It would be relatively easy to construct districts that are compact, concise and yet don’t split neighborhoods, All you have to do is ignore race – the way Martin Luther King wanted us to.
Race-obsessed Democrats seem to think that skin color is more important than qualifications.
Acting on that belief years ago, legislators stretched logic and boundaries to create legislative districts with large black populations. The inevitable effect was to “bleach” the surrounding districts, and voters ultimately elected enough Republicans to replace the century-old Democrat majority. They have held the majority since then.
If council members “unpacked” the four districts it probably would mean more Democrats would be elected to the council, but some of them might have white skin. Democrats might have to decide between party and race at some point.