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Redistricting plans could silence Black voices

admin | 3/1/2012, 4:30 a.m.

When the famous Black abolitionist Frederick Douglas said, Absolute power corrupts absolutely, he could have been referring to Republicans who currently dominate state and national seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Their latest move pushing for new redistricting maps is supposedly based solely on the latest U.S. Census numbers. But we are not convinced. This is about power and control plain and simple. And those who stand to lose the most are Blacks. Meanwhile, the growing Hispanic populations in Miami-Dade County and across the State are the ones who stand to gain the most. If current trends and actions are allowed to continue, we could soon see political districts where the number of legal voting Blacks has been diluted to such an extent, that our unique needs and desires may be easily ignored. Why? Because politicians wont need us in order to remain in office. The constituency that will hold the key to victory or defeat will be Hispanics. Blacks have fought and died for too long in this country to allow right-wing politicians to move in and use their influence to change the landscape to our disadvantage. The newly-redrawn districts as they stand, at least for the moment, could successfully silence our voices for a very long time. Republicans seem to have devised a strategy to get around the decision of voters in 2010 when we told them we wanted in fact demanded that Florida guarantee fair districts for its citizens. But there is one way to get politicians we dont like out of the way vote them out of office.