by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
No, it is absolutely true, and the numbers from census data shows it according to Delaware Online. There is a threat to black voting power in Wilmington, Delaware, and this threat comes in a very ironic form — a proposed redistricting plan allegedly meant to protect minority representation in the General Assembly.
Looking at Rep. Helene Keeley’s 3rd District located on the southwest side of Wilmington for example calls the claim of this proposed plan into question. Census data tells us that if the House Democrats’ plan follows through, the percentage of African Americans in the latter district would decline from 61 percent to 51.82 percent. Also according to census reports, the four current House districts where African Americans compose the greater percentage of residents would see their percentage of the population decline.
Just based on the numbers, it is probably safe to say that this does not look like a good idea in the eyes of any African American. If they are going to follow through with this redistricting plan, however, they could at the very least not try to say that this proposal is meant to protect minority representation when the numbers say otherwise.
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