On August 13, 2007 we were the first to publish a commentary (30-year racial balance on New Orleans City Council threaten with Thomas' pending departure) which brought to light New Orleans' "unwritten rule" on a 30-year racial balance that existed on the New Orleans City Council.
The state of Louisiana is being sued for redrawing a congressional district to include a long, thin, stretch from New Orleans to Baton Rouge with a high concentration of African-Americans.
The racial gerrymandering of Congressional District 2 diminishes the influence of black votes in surrounding districts, says the suit filed by Maytee Buckley and other resident of District 2.
The New Orleans metro area has long been considered the Democratic island in an otherwise Republican state.
"Until recently, Louisiana was deemed a covered jurisdiction under the Voting Rights Act of 1965," the lawsuit states.
As we mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, it is worthwhile to note the state of Black America. Sadly, we still have immense poverty, blight, broken families, crime, failing schools and crumbling infrastructure in the inner cities of this country.