Lawmakers should draw boundaries that are simply fair for everyone – Daily Local
As I write this on MLK, Jr. Day, I am aware of his dream that individuals would one day be judged by their character, not their skin color. Isn’t everyone’s goal to achieve a color-blind society, where racial and ethnic stereotypes do not characterize the value of people solely because of their skin color or the country of origin of their ancestors?
However, on Saturday, an editorial appeared in the “Daily local newswritten by three Democratic state representatives from Pennsylvania, which called for racist and ethnic profiling of Latinos. These three representatives claim that the redistribution of state house districts requires that “the Latino community … be able to elect candidates of choice.”
This is “groupthink”. It is patronizing to assume that Latinos need their own representatives in Harrisburg and that others outside of their so-called monolithic culture cannot legislate justice and defend individual rights. Not every Latino thinks the same way and to assume otherwise is damaging and racist. Since all people have universal equal rights, Harrisburg needs representatives who reflect those ideals, not “diverse” views that this or that community deserves special privileges. or can only be adequately represented if they belong to the same ethnic group.
The three representatives also believe in “restoring equity in representation in Pennsylvania.” I maintain that the two-party, win-win system effectively prevents representation from those who do not align themselves with Democrats or Republicans. If we really want more diverse thoughts in Harrisburg, then let’s get representation for those who are excluded. How about creating at-large seats for small parties that get at least 65,000 votes statewide? [65,000 is approximately the number of Pennsylvanians in one House district.] The Libertarians got 80,000 votes in 2020; they should have a seat. Perhaps the Greens, Socialists and various independent parties would also try harder if they could win a universal seat.
The House of Pennsylvania would serve us all better if we stopped worrying about drawing district boundaries to include or exclude racial and ethnic communities, and strive to have a House that represented more views as to the appropriate role of government in the execution of our constitution.