Five white plaintiffs, backed by the Dallas-based Equal Voting Rights Institute, are suing Dallas County because, they say, the 60 percent-white Dallas County Commissioner’s Court does not fairly represent them.
Dallas County, for the record, is 39 percent Latino; 32 percent white, non-Latino; and 23 percent black, according the the U.S. Census Bureau. Everyone’s a minority here.
“Like something out of the bad old days, a Southern electoral body plays naked racial politics, intentionally using its power to minimize a dissenting race’s political sway. The body does so through its redistricting authority, cramming as much of that racial minority as possible into a single district and splitting the remainder up as an insignificant fraction of the electorate in the surrounding districts. It undertakes this move to intentionally deny the racial minority a chance to fairly participate in the electoral process, while claiming that the minority has no legal right to protection and arguing that higher law compels the racist act,” the suit says.
Again, they’re talking about white people. Specifically Republican white people.
The suit goes on to document the garden-variety gerrymandering done to commissioner’s court districts in 2010 as a plot to disenfranchise Dallas’ oppressed Anglo population. Before the redistricting, there were two Republicans on the commissioner’s court, afterwards, there’s been one, District 2’s Mike Cantrell. Daniel Morenoff, the plaintiff’s attorney in the case, says the suit is about upholding the spirit of the Voting Rights Act.