Democrats condemn DeSantis congressional district map’s reduction in Black representation as ‘racist tactic’

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One of Florida’s most prominent Black elected Democrats, state Sen. Shevrin Jones, said Monday that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to cut in half the number of Florida congressional districts with boundaries crafted to maximize the chance of electing Black representatives is a “racist tactic.”

Jones spoke at a news conference he organized in Miami’s Little Haiti on the eve of the special Florida legislative session on congressional redistricting. After he and others voiced intense opposition to the proposed changes, Jones also conceded they can’t be stopped.

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