COURT'S DECISION ON GEORGIA'S REDISTRICTING CASE
WELCOMED BY ADL
New York, NY, June 29, 1995...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed
the United States Supreme Court's decision that the redrawing of a Georgia
Congressional district was unconstitutional.
"We applaud the Court's decision that race may not be the dominant
rationale in a Congressional redistricting," said David H. Strassler,
ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "In
Miller v. Johnson, Georgia was motivated by a single consideration in drawing
its third majority black congressional district; that consideration was
"The League strongly supports the Voting Rights Act and we certainly
believe minority participation in the political process is essential,"
they continued. "However, we cannot meet that objective by doing violence
to basic democratic principles. The presumption that only a member of a
certain race can or will effectively represent his or her constituents of
that same race is antithetical to the goal of a society -- and a Constitution
-- blind to racial classifications.
"The fundamental right to vote must be protected from attempts, however
well-intentioned, to maximize the number of seats likely to be won by one
minority, or in any other way to manipulate the predicted results of elections
according to race," Strassler and Foxman added.
Martin E. Karlinsky of the law firm of Camhy Karlinsky & Stein LLP,
prepared the amicus curiae brief the League filed, in consultation with
the ADL Legal Affairs Department.
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