Black Voters Score Major Victory in Georgia After Judge Calls Out Racist Map

HEPHZIBAH, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 03: A member of the audience wearing a ‘Black Voters Still Matter’ t-shirt from Georgia NAACP as Georgia Democratic Senate candidate U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) speaks during a Get Out the Vote rally December 3, 2022 in Hephzibah, Georgia. Sen. Warnock continues to campaign throughout Georgia for the runoff election on December 6 against his Republican challenger Herschel Walker.


HEPHZIBAH, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 03: A member of the audience wearing a ‘Black Voters Still Matter’ t-shirt from Georgia NAACP as Georgia Democratic Senate candidate U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) speaks during a Get Out the Vote rally December 3, 2022 in Hephzibah, Georgia. Sen. Warnock continues to campaign throughout Georgia for the runoff election on December 6 against his Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

Suppressing the Black vote is more or less a habit in the United States, especially down South. But, at least in some cases, we’re seeing the courts actually do something about it.

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that parts of Georgia’s congressional districts were drawn in a racially discriminatory way. In a whopping 516-page opinion, Judge Steve Jones ordered Georgia to draw an additional Black-majority congressional district. Judge Jones also ordered legislators to draw two new Black-majority districts in Georgia’s state Senate and five new Black-majority districts in the state House.

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These cases also represent a movement by Black voters to reclaim rights lost in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act.

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