Why Is Racial Gerrymandering Important In America?

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The institution of America founded, created and shaped into a place riddled with racism that has impacted and instilled every aspect of America with racism. People felt a huge victory against racism after the abolition of slavery, which is typically seen as the first milestone. But in all actuality, the notion of racism was taught over and over to each generation, affecting today’s society. America finds itself trying to hurdle implicit bias, racism, and problems with the law enforcement. Today, America still struggles with racism, there are many social movements against it. In the 2016 Presidential Election, both candidates campaign’s election strategy was formed on racist attitudes, beliefs, actions and words, which the media and the public …show more content…
It was calculated that out of the 71% of voters who were white, 63% white men and 52% white women voted in favor of Donald Trump while black and latinx men and women along with other racial minority groups voted in overwhelmingly large amounts for Hillary Clinton (CNN Exit Polls 2016). Racial gerrymandering has played a huge role in this election. The redistricting that is done in favor of (typically) white, wealthy, Republican (men) candidates, has made it impossible for racial minorities to be represented by Democrats who typically provide them with representation and a voice. During the presidential election the effects of racial gerrymandering were more than clear. States such as Florida, Ohio and Michigan provide sufficient examples. In Ohio, Clinton targeted big cities such as Cleveland and Columbus with the intentions of getting their votes by providing a voice for poor inner city living. Clinton won 44% of the vote in Ohio and but Trump won 52% of the vote. Such a theme is synonymous around almost all of the battleground states. Clinton has the edge in minority and non-white voting, but that only gives her districts around major cities, where most of them are located because of their socioeconomic status. This is due to racial policies that were implemented such a redlining. Trump won the votes by adding up all of the smaller rural and predominantly white counties, …show more content…
Institutional racism is social institutions giving negative treatment to racial groups. The genetic thesis of institutional racism also contributes can provide an explanation for why America is an institution affected by institutional racism. Through policies, laws, the people who create the laws and policies, to the people who vote for the people who make the laws and policies, the institution of America is affected by racism. The genetic thesis explains how racism gets into the institution, for an institution to be racist, it must have come from someone racist and it can stay racist, even if the individuals who created the institution are long gone. America was a country built on slavery, disenfranchisement and segregation. Laws were put into place in favor of white people. Racial gerrymandering is an example of institutional racism because it is an outcome of racial policies that were implemented in the past. Redlining was a policy implemented in the mid 1900s. The Federal Housing Association made it legal to consolidated predominantly black communities, by putting a literal red line around predominantly black communities and keep them in cities. It also allowed white citizens branch out to suburban areas and leave the cities by providing better loans to white people because of their higher credit score and education level, things people of color could not obtain (Class Notes). Today, districts are drawn based on

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