This morning, editors at the Virginian-Pilot wrote the 672,993 editorial on redistricting. But with all the attention the Pilot has given the subject, they always seem to come up short on race. Consider this sentence.
“Twice already, a federal court has ordered the redrawing of Virginia’s map for the 3rd Congressional District after affirming what so many across the commonwealth readily acknowledge: State lawmakers’ design of the district – which sprawls from Richmond to Norfolk, jutting into black neighborhoods in cities and counties in between, and straddling the James River – was meant to pack black voters into it. The result is a district all but guaranteed to elect a Democrat. U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott has been in office for more than two decades; Republicans didn’t bother to field a candidate against him last year.”
“Just as damaging to the public, however, is that packing black voters into the 3rd District dilutes the influence of black voters in each of the surrounding districts – all of which are held by Republicans.”
Really Virginian-Pilot? Is that breaking news?