Godzilla: Lol. Gerrymandering is the reason why minorities have representation in government.
Ling: Not really, Probably in more metro areas, But tell me who represents the inner cities in the state outside nyc, The don’t break up towns or villages but it’s mandated to break apart cities, So look at how the districts in nys are broken up, you’ll see the hoods being split up and being in the same districts with the well off areas, Making minorities more disenfranchised. It’ll be hardly possible for them to run for larger offices
Godzilla: So a representative has constituents in both affluent and impoverished areas? Why is that bad? Should hoods be consolidated into one district? Is that best? Plus its elected officials deciding the maps. Seems like if a party wants to prioritize forming safe seats with larger majorities vs moderately risky seats with smaller majorities for more overall seats, its their perogative. How would you change the rules for districting? Should districts be formed to match the racial distribution of the state? Should minorities be pooled into districts? Organized by party affiliation? Divided so that every seat is competitive or so that every seat is safe? Lastly, who makes the decision. Should it remain in the hands of elected politicians? People vote? Third party?
Ling: Elected officials are going to break it down to keep their desired status quo. If there are ways to make it easier to have a more balanced and representive body which will make it more challenging for them to win, why would they change it
Godzilla: Seems like gerrymandering is just a tool. Can be used for good or bad. Seems like Dems complain about it because they suck at math and statistics.
Ling: Lmfao personally, I believe the democrats like gerrymandering as much as any party that’s in control
Godzilla: For sure. Just pandering to their minority base with the anti gerrymandering rhetoric.