Georgia Democrat State Representative Pedro Marin has come under fire from blacks and Hispanics after filing a bill which he boasted would “add diversity” to Gwinnett County’s Board of Commissioners—because, they say, redrawing district boundaries would weaken the nonwhite voting bloc against whites.
Twenty-five years ago, Gwinnett had 400,000 residents, and was 90 percent white. Today there are 900,000 residents—40 percent white, 28 percent black, 20 percent Hispanic and 12 percent Asian.
According to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), Jerry Gonzalez, director of the racially-based organization called “the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials,” (GALEO) condemned the new will as “retrogression. It effectively dilutes minority representation in every conceivable way.”
GALEO has already launched a lawsuit challenging the way Gwinnett County’s commission and school board districts are drawn, claiming that the current drawing of Gwinnett’s districts “unnecessarily divides Black, Latino and Asian-American citizens among the four single-member districts, preventing them from combining to form a majority in any district.”
The GALEO suit calls for the creation of at least one “majority-minority commission district,” either by re-drawing the existing districts or creating a fifth.
The Georgia NAACP is also a plaintiff in the suit. “In Pedro’s proposal we believe that he and his team are proposing to have smaller [districts] that could potentially provide a better chance of electing a minority,” Gwinnett NAACP vice president Renita Hamilton Edmonson said, “but the voting population in those areas does not necessarily reflect the demographic population.”
According to the reapportionment office’s analysis, the voting age population of one of the new districts proposed under Marin’s plan — the re-shaped District 2, which would primarily cover the Norcross and Peachtree Corners areas — would be nearly 60 percent black or Latino.
In the other five proposed districts, black and Latino voters would make up about 27, 37, 37, 41 and 43 percent of eligible voters.
The Reapportionment Office’s analysis did not take Asian voters into account. That group—of course—also has an organization promoting its own facial interests, called “Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta.” They told the AJC that they were “still reviewing the data behind Marin’s bill.”
The significance of these developments is twofold: firstly, it is clear that all nonwhite groups—Latino, black, and Asian—are allowed to have racially-based organizations specifically devoted to looking after their interests. These explicitly racially-based organizations are encouraged and given reams of sympathetic and positive publicity by the media.
If, however, any whites had to create an “Atlanta White Advocacy” group, that same media would demonize and attack them as “racists” and worse.
Secondly, it is also equally clear that these nonwhite organizations are specifically motivated by a desire to “beat whitey”—and are fanatically united in their common aim of totally displacing whites, even to the point of refusing measures such as that proposed by Marin which does not give them total power against the white population.