Florida’s Governor in Hot Water: Accusations of Sabotaging Black Districts

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is being accused of racially motivated gerrymandering in the Sunshine State. A federal trial based on those allegations began in Tallahassee on September 26th and the litigants are reportedly seeking to show that the state’s highest elected official intentionally dismantled a majority-black congressional district.

Whether those allegations are accurate or inaccurate, not a single legacy outlet reporting on the topic has chosen to address the fact that the state’s main attorney is himself a member of two minority groups. Mohammad Jazil is both a Muslim and a person of dark complexion.

In addressing the case, Jazil has previously indicated that the governor’s only intention was to make sure that the state’s congressional districts were drawn according to natural boundaries and not based on racial or party lines. Jazil appeared to imply that Florida Democrats were themselves already guilty of what they were accusing DeSantis of.

The attorney said before it was redrawn, the district in question had “tentacles” that had been selected with “surgical precision.” Prior to the governor’s actions, the sector’s controversial boundaries extended over 200 miles and connected black voters in the city of Jacksonville with those in Gadsden County. Opponents of the redistricting say the new map led to black voters in northern Florida having only white Republican legislators.

Fair Districts, Common Cause Florida, and the NAACP are representing 10 area residents in their suit against the state. The lawsuit is only one of a number of similar undertakings playing out in courts across the country in which plaintiffs are arguing the legality of what they say are Republican-drawn districts.

Greg Baker, the attorney representing Florida’s plaintiffs, said the election of 2022 was the first instance in three decades in which black residents in the north of the state were without a black representative. The lawyer blamed the effect on the governor’s earlier redistricting decision. That decision was approved by the state legislature.

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(TargetDailyNews.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is being accused of racially motivated gerrymandering in the Sunshine State. A federal trial based on those allegations began in Tallahassee on September 26th and the litigants are reportedly seeking to show that the state’s highest elected official intentionally dismantled a majority-black congressional district.

Whether those allegations are accurate or inaccurate, not a single legacy outlet reporting on the topic has chosen to address the fact that the state’s main attorney is himself a member of two minority groups. Mohammad Jazil is both a Muslim and a person of dark complexion.

In addressing the case, Jazil has previously indicated that the governor’s only intention was to make sure that the state’s congressional districts were drawn according to natural boundaries and not based on racial or party lines. Jazil appeared to imply that Florida Democrats were themselves already guilty of what they were accusing DeSantis of.

The attorney said before it was redrawn, the district in question had “tentacles” that had been selected with “surgical precision.” Prior to the governor’s actions, the sector’s controversial boundaries extended over 200 miles and connected black voters in the city of Jacksonville with those in Gadsden County. Opponents of the redistricting say the new map led to black voters in northern Florida having only white Republican legislators.

Fair Districts, Common Cause Florida, and the NAACP are representing 10 area residents in their suit against the state. The lawsuit is only one of a number of similar undertakings playing out in courts across the country in which plaintiffs are arguing the legality of what they say are Republican-drawn districts.

Greg Baker, the attorney representing Florida’s plaintiffs, said the election of 2022 was the first instance in three decades in which black residents in the north of the state were without a black representative. The lawyer blamed the effect on the governor’s earlier redistricting decision. That decision was approved by the state legislature.

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