NAACP: New voting maps 'highly polarized'

Posted August 15, 2011

— The state chapter of the NAACP railed Monday against proposed maps for North Carolina's congressional and legislative districts.

The Republican-led General Assembly redrew the maps to reflect changes in state population in the 2010 census. Democratic lawmakers and the NAACP have said that the maps concentrate too many black voters into some districts so that GOP candidates will have an easier time winning other districts.

"They have created and approved highly polarized, partisan and gerrymandered maps," North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber said Monday during a meeting with NAACP representatives from 40 counties.

"These plans create unnecessary racial disparity," Barber said. "We oppose these plans, which exploit the Voting Rights Act for partisan advantage by stacking and packing African-American voters."

Republican lawmakers have defended the maps and fairly drawn.

The U.S. Department of Justice or a federal judge must decide whether the maps don't impact minority voting before they can take effect.


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  • PoBoy Aug 24, 2011

    Excuse me, Re'm Barber, but have you ever heard of District 12? Of course, when it benefits the National Association of Always Complaining People, it's ok, huh? If districts would be made on a grid instead of breaking up counties like is being done now, then the voters should be able to elect the best man possible, be he white, black, Native American, Latino, Asian, Tasmanian,... need I go on?

  • marktroll Aug 23, 2011

    the VRA in itself represses minority voters, it is a joke to force race consideration when drawing political maps. what nobody is talking about is the past democrat controlled maps and them putting just enough blacks in a district to make it go D, but never enough to actually elect a black representative. now a great North Carolinian like Malcom Graham or Dan Blue will actually stand a chance against an old white guy like david price, brad miller, or gk butterfield.

  • matthewwood007 Aug 18, 2011

    Wow, what american narrative do you believe not to understand the history of repressing minority voters, even after the voting right act.
    Compact and Contiguous should be the standard for all map drawing...regardless of party.

  • yelton221 Aug 17, 2011

    Where was the naacp when the past federal government said that if they did not have a D by their name the blacks would not know who to vote for? Where was the naacp when the dems did their gerrymandering? The naacp is nothing but a racist organization that add to the racial conflict every chance it get.

  • Whosays Aug 16, 2011

    Blah, blah, blah, blah.

  • grimreaper Aug 16, 2011

    Its comical...they were OK with the old maps laid out by 50 years of Democrats...go credibility with this organization at all...purely racist organization trying to take us back to the 1800's so they can hold power over their own...

  • as400_guru Aug 16, 2011

    Barber is a racist. He makes racial issues out of things that are not racial. He just wants to "stir the pudding". Racism will never end in this country because race pimps like him would be out of a job.

  • Z Man Aug 16, 2011

    gerrymandered, Gerrymandered, GERRYMANDERED? Take a look at the current district 12 on the map drawn by the dems and then lets talk about gerrymandered.

  • ljohnson247 Aug 16, 2011

    They should do away with Section 5 of the Voting Right Act. Who is in the White House? Does this not show something.

  • AlbertEinstein Aug 16, 2011

    I would be ashamed if somebody like this were to represent my "best interests."