The Census, Gerrymandering and the Supreme Court

Nadin Brzezinski
4 min readJun 28, 2019

The United States Supreme Court did not place the citizenship question on the Census. However, they left it as an open question and sent it back to lower courts. President Donald Trump did something that is hardly unexpected if you know how an authoritarian acts. He stated on Twitter that he is asking his lawyers about delaying the census. This way, he will give time for the Courts to rule his way.

Let’s make one thing clear. This is exactly how Constitutional Crisis come to be. We are in the midst of a long one, that keeps deepening. Why? He has yet to face any real consequences for what he is doing. His party refuses to hold him accountable, and Democrats are not that much better.

Incidentally, for those who do not understand this, the census is mandated in the Constitution. It is a count of all people present in the country. Migratory status is not part of the requirement. It is done at the beginning of each decade, by law. The only requirement to count Blacks as two-fifths of a person went away after the Civil War, and this is still relevant to the current fight we are in the midst off.

Why is Trump, and many Republicans, insisting that this question be part of the decennial count? To be blunt, racism. They know the country is becoming browner, and that threatens their place in the pecking order, or at least they fear such. It is a clear attempt, and we know this from the emerging documentation from a Republican strategist computer, to suppress minority participation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/us/census-citizenship-question.html

The function of the census is to determine representation in Congress. It is also used to direct federal funds to states. Reduced participation by Hispanics will directly affect states such as California, who could see fewer members of Congress, and less federal funds for roads, education and other services. It is a way to punish blue states with larger minorities and to benefit the influence of less populous, but whiter states. It is going to entrench, is the hope of Republicans, majorities in Congress that will prevent the passage of policies they do not like.

This is not unprecedented in American history. What is unusual, at least in modern times, is how brazen Republicans…

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Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB