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Clyburn voices concern of redistricting ‘adversely affecting the lives of Black folks’



Home Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) mentioned in an interview that whereas he didn’t have a problem with Republicans or Democrats utilizing redistricting to supply a partisan benefit, he famous that “I do have an issue with regards to the outcome adversely affecting the lives of Black folks.”

“Aggressive redistricting efforts, that’s one factor. To be suppressive of Black voter energy, that’s one other factor,” Clyburn informed CBS Information’ Robert Costa

“Sure, Democrats search for partisan benefit. Republicans search for partisan occasions. I don’t have an issue with both a type of events doing that. I do have an issue with regards to the outcome adversely affecting the lives of Black folks.”

The highest Democrat warned that the implications of not addressing the impacts of redistricting on communities of colour might be dire.

“What I believe is going down in the present day is the start of a course of, not the ending of 1. And the query is, ‘The place will it finish?’ Will it finish with the intervention from the voters in 2022? Or will it get a second breath and proceed till we return to a darkish place that none of us thought we might ever revisit once more,” he informed Costa.

Clyburn’s feedback come as each events have been criticized for gerrymandering congressional maps of their states. 

The Home majority whip, whom CBS Information famous has seen a lower within the proportion of Black voters he represents since redistricting, mentioned whereas he seen redistricting as “conserving stability,” he additionally mentioned there’s not sufficient of a “will” to vary the method.

“Generally that’s as a result of folks worry for their very own security, some folks worry for their very own safety and a few folks would simply reasonably have favor than freedom,” Clyburn mentioned in the course of the interview. 

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