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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

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Congressman Hank Johnson on the Cooper v. Harris decision

May 23, 2017
Press Release

The Supreme Court has ruled that North Carolina’s plan to draw congressional districts qualified as racial gerrymandering, the drawing of districts upon racial lines, violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

Congressman Johnson praises this ruling, believing that this case is a step in the right direction towards achieving true equality for all. 

“For decades, gerrymandering has plagued the Southern United States, silencing the votes of countless Americans. It is time for the voices of these individuals to be heard," said Rep. Johnson. "Drawing electoral lines is an incredibly complicated science. It is all too common that these district lines are not drawn to serve the interests of minority groups, but to stifle and contain their vote. Attempts at suppressing the minority vote were evident in other ways last year, in the run up to the last election.”

The Supreme Court took a stand against racial gerrymandering. Justice Elena Kagan’s majority ruling is a landmark victory in the fight against systematic racism in this country.