Amazing distortion of the truth being propagandized by the Associated Press in regards to today's US Supreme Court decision upholding a lower court's declaration that a House District in New Hanover and Pender counties violated the state Constitution's "Whole County Provision."
The headline reads: "Court refuses to expand minority voting rights"
Which is not what the court did. The court upheld that in order for a district to be declared a "majority-minority" district that splits counties in order to comply with the Voting Rights Act and thus violate the Whole County Provision, it must constitute a physical majority of minorities (50%+1 of population).
Thus, African-Americans or Hispanics or whichever minority group being protected must constitute a real majority of the district in order for it qualify. The district in question, District 18 (Thomas Wright's old district), constitutes 39% African-Americans.
The NC Supreme Court declared this unconstitutional and the US Supreme Court has now upheld that ruling.
How the upholding of our state's constitutional provision to not divide counties and to define majority-minority districts as being 50% minority "fails to expand minority voting rights" is an affront to the truth.