I am often amused, and sometimes bemused, at the expressions that often grace this space. Bemusement was the case with the machinations of James Wilson on Jan. 31 (“Jim Clyburn is poster child for gerrymandering”).
Apparently, Mr. Wilson is not aware that in South Carolina, redistricting is done by the Legislature. Any gerrymandering of election districts is the product of the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
I can assure Mr. Wilson that if I had drawn the lines, my district would not be 58 percent black, and Joe Wilson, with whom I share Columbia and Richland County, would not have a district that is 68 percent white. Also, I would not have made the 1st District (Mark Sanford) 70 percent white, the 3rd (Jeff Duncan) 75 percent white, the 4th (Trey Gowdy) 70 percent white, the 5th (Ralph Norman) 66 percent white and the 7th (Tom Rice) more than 63 percent white.
I am hopeful that when redistricting is done after the 2020 decennial census, stacking and bleaching will not be the primary goals.
U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn
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