Likened to “slavery” and “apartheid” redistricting map likely headed to federal court

U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Frederica Wilson outside the Florida Supreme Court.
U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Frederica Wilson outside the Florida Supreme Court.

Standing on the steps of the Floria Supreme Court, U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Frederica Wilson vowed Tuesday that the fight over congressional redistricting is only at its beginning.

Whatever justices decide on the map drawn by a voters’ coalition, the two Democratic lawmakers intend on challenging the state boundaries in federal court as a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

They said the proposal reduces black voting strength in the state – especially in Brown’s district. Instead of running from Jacksonville to Orlando, Brown’s district would range east-to-west, from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.

“What has happened is that it is clear that you all think that slavery still exists, and we can just take those slaves and put them in one area and forget about the people who didn’t have representation for 129 years,” Brown told reporters outside the court following the hearing.

Wilson, of Miami, said changes made to the seat she’s held since 2011 damages job prospects for her voters by removing the Port of Miami from the district.

She said the action was akin to “apartheid” the strict segregationist policy formerly used for generations in South Africa.

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