Proposed GOP gerrymander of Winston-Salem is a whitewash

Triple-bunking three African-American female Councilors:

A bill introduced Thursday by Forsyth County Republican legislators would force three black Democratic women on the Winston-Salem City Council into one district. D.D. Adams, one of the three, emphatically denounced lawmakers for what she described as a racist payback for the Democratic activism of black women.

"Everybody thinks we are going to hold hands and sing Kumbaya — it's not going to happen that way," Adams said a day after learning of the bill. "This is one of those times when we are going to have to fight. Everyone knows African-American women are going to vote and will vote Democratic." Adams said her message to lawmakers was, "How dare you? How dare you?"

And unless I'm sorely mistaken, this being labeled as a "Local" bill removes Governor Cooper's Veto powers from the formula. A simple majority would force this down Winston-Salem's throat, and also punish Dan Besse, who gave one of the sponsors of this bill a run for his money back in November:

One ward under the Lambeth-Conrad plan would put Lambeth's 2018 Democratic opponent, Council Member Dan Besse, into the same ward as Clark.

"It is no coincidence that they drew me into the only Republican-leaning district," said Besse, who finished about 2,000 votes behind Lambeth in a contest in which some 33,000 people voted. Adams, meanwhile, ran against Republican incumbent Virginia Foxx to represent the Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House.

"When you look at the fact that I challenged Donny and D.D. challenged Virginia Foxx, that has to flag the city on the radar of the Republican party structure," Besse said.

Besse is predicting "a strong interest" on the council in filing suit if the Lambeth-Conrad bill passes. "There are red flags hanging all over this bill," Besse said. "Whether it was racially motivated or partisan, the impact is such that it appears to me to be in violation of the Voting Rights Act."

They should (most certainly) file a lawsuit to stop this nonsense. But the absurdity of taxpayers having to pay to preserve their election choices boggles the mind.

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