Michigan currently has 17 majority-Black districts. But in the 10 proposed maps released by the commission last week, only one district would have a voting age population of more than 50 percent African-American.
After decades of gerrymandering by politicians of both parties, Michigan has the opportunity to finally have fair, balanced districts that reflect the diverse communities across our state. That's a goal everyone should be working toward.
It would be healthy for our democracy and for the voices of all citizens to see a blend of urban and rural people in legislative districts. Then elected officials would really need to consider everyone's needs more evenly.
Maps were supposed to be completed by Friday by Michigan’s new independent citizen redistricting commission. Supporters say Census delays made that impossible, but critics contend the panel is rife with dysfunction.