Florida Democrats Continue Attack on Black-Majority District

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's congressional seat is in jeopardy as Democrats oppose black-majority district. Photo credit: jacksonville.com.

Democrats in the Florida legislature and liberal activists defied black leaders and continued attacks on a black-majority congressional district. Democrats argue black voters in Florida’s 5th Congressional District should be dispersed into several surrounding districts, which will make it much more difficult for a black candidate to be elected to Congress in North Florida but will enhance the chances of presumably white Democratic Party candidates to win in North Florida.

The League of Women Voters of Florida and liberal activists filed suit to invalidate Florida’s congressional map containing the black-majority district. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) defended the district as the only realistic chance for the many black people in central and northern Florida to have a black representative in Congress. A white, Democrat-appointed judge in the Florida Panhandle agreed with the League of Women Voters and ruled the Florida legislature must redraw the district.

Earlier this month, the legislature redrew the map and moved 368,000 voters into new districts. Nevertheless, Democratic leaders and liberal activists say the new district did not disperse enough black voters, and they are calling on the same judge to once again invalidate the district and disperse still more black voters.

Although the NAACP opposed redrawing the 5th Congressional District, the group supports the redrawn district against the new attacks.