New Republic. 12/02/96, Vol. 215 Issue 23, p24-26. 2p.
ELECTION districts, UNITED States elections, and AFRICAN American legislators
Discusses the ruling issued by the U.S. Supreme Court to limit the scope of race-based districting during elections. Number of African American incumbent members of the Congress, whose black-majority districts had been eliminated by court orders, who won in the elections on November 5, 1996; Impact of the outcomes on racialists; Effect of the elimination of the contested majority-minority districts on the democratic system.
New York Times. 9/25/94, Vol. 144 Issue 49830, Section 4 p4.
ELECTION districts, AFRICAN American legislators, VOTING laws, AFRICAN American civil rights, and UNITED States. Congress
Examines fundamental issues raised by court rulings on electoral gains of blacks. Discussion of entry of black members from districts into Congress; Examination of impact on local and state legislatures; Information on Voting Rights Act of 1965; Details of effect of 1992 Supreme Court ruling on creation of two black political districts in North Carolina; Reaction among civil rights groups and black elected officials; Views of Federal panel on 11th District in Georgia.
New York Times. 11/23/96, Vol. 146 Issue 50620, p1. 0p. 10 Graphs.
AFRICAN American legislators, GERRYMANDERING, and ELECTION districts
Examines the dispute in the United States over racially motivated gerrymandering of electoral districts, following the re-election of five black members of Congress in 1996. Victory of these five members in districts redrawn to eliminate the black voting majorities; View of some that these victories show end of need for gerrymandering; Argument of civil rights leaders that incumbency was the key factor in the victories.