A census that counts citizens will help African Americans


I’ve written several posts about the decision to ask about citizenship in the 2020 census. Here’s an angle I hadn’t considered: asking about citizenship will help African Americans.

Christian Adams explains why:

Blacks have been losing political power in immigrant-heavy urban cores because non-citizens are not identified by the Census and are counted for redistricting. . . .

Los Angeles provides a particularly stark example. For over a decade, African-American leaders in Los Angeles have been complaining to the Justice Department that blacks have fewer city council seats than they should. Instead, the seats are going to Hispanics because the districts are being drawn to benefit Hispanics instead of blacks.

But how could this happen, you ask? The lines are being drawn that way…

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