Explain this: Under new Senate map, blacks likely to get 6 seats but Hispanics will only get 5, despite population advantage

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In three paragraphs, reitred USF professor Dr. Darryl Paulson encapsulates everything that is wrong with redistricting in general and the second Senate map in particular.

“Black seats are likely to increase under the new plan from 6 to 7 and Hispanic seats will jump from 3 to 5. On the surface, it looks like good news for both ethnic minorities.

“The problem is that blacks only make up 12 percent of the state’s population and get 6 seats, and Hispanics make up 22 percent and only get 5 seats.

“If I were a Florida Hispanic, I would be asking why Hispanics have almost twice the population as blacks and yet are getting one less Senate seat. Looks like attorney time to me.”

H/t to William March.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.