This weekend, it became apparent that the DFL was intending to use one of their many front organizations to corrupt Minnesota’s redistricting process. Part of their plan was revealed on their website for all the world to see. That’s where this provocative, and possibly racist, statement was found:
Historically, redistricting has been done out of the public eye, without meaningful public input, and used to dilute the voting power of communities of color.
In addition to being provocative and possibly racist, the statement is deceptive, too. It’s irrelevant whether redistricting “has been done out of the public eye” as long as this time, it’s done in the light of day and where there’s “meaningful public input.”
Obviously, though, saying that Minnesota’s redistricting process has historically been “used to dilute the voting power of communities of color” is beyond provocative. It’s potentially racist. More importantly, it’s a provocative accusation made without a scintilla of proof.
Until now, the pieces of the racist puzzle didn’t add up. It’s difficult to figure out why an organization like Common Cause MN would make such a racist statement. To understand it, you need to know that Draw the Line Minnesota is part of an organization called Draw the Line Midwest. Still, the picture isn’t complete.
This link, however, fills in the missing blanks. One of Redrawing the Lines’ partner organizations is the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Check out this line from the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund handbook on redistricting:
How can we ensure that our interests are being heard and represented by our elected officials? How can we ensure that the voting strength of our communities is not weakened?
That last line from the NAACP Handbook on Redistricting sounds eerily similar to what’s said on DTLM’s website. Perhaps that’s because they’re operating from the same handbook. Consider, too, the fact that DTLM’s website says that “The redistricting process must be reflective of the diversity of the state, especially racial and ethnic diversity.”
That isn’t a stated priority in the Minnesota Supreme Court’s opinion released with the 2001 redistricting map. That opinion said that keeping communities of interest is a consideration, not the primary consideration.
Draw the Line Minnesota is corrupt. It’s also deceitful, deceptive and secretive. It shouldn’t be trusted because its agenda, like its true identity, is hidden from anyone but the most determined investigative reporters.
It’s time that Minnesotans knew that DTLM is nothing more than an part of the DFL’s army of special interest front groups.