Five white Texans have come forward to sue Dallas County for violating the voting rights of white people.
According to the five, the 60 percent white Dallas County Commissioner’s Court does not fairly represent them, reports the Dallas Observer.
An excerpt from the lawsuit reads:
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.
Every race in Dallas County can be considered a minority. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 39 percent Latino; 32 percent white, non-Latino; and 23 percent black.
The suit claims that recent gerrymandering has made it impossible to get two Republicans on the Commissioners Court. Prior to the redistricting, there were two Republicans, but since, there has only been one, and the suit claims that the concentration of whites in District 2 is to blame.
The plaintiffs are demanding that the districts be redrawn.