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Ferguson School District Violated Voting Rights Act, Judge Rules

He concluded the district “deprives African American voters of an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice.”

08/22/2016 02:29 pm ET | Updated 2 hours ago

ST. LOUIS ― A federal judge on Monday ruled that the Ferguson-Florissant School District violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by setting up an electoral system that limited the voting power of the African-American community.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel concluded that the school district “deprives African American voters of an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice in violation of § 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

“The ongoing effects of racial discrimination that have long plagued the region, and the District in particular, have affected the ability of African Americans to participate equally in the political process,” Sippel wrote.

Racial tensions in the area came to a head in 2014 after black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson. The situation brought protesters into the streets and sparked deeper scrutiny of government systems in Ferguson and the rest of St. Louis County.

Sippel didn’t say how the district should remedy the system it has in place. In the interim, the judge forbade the district from conducting elections for the school board “until a new system may be properly implemented.”

Cindy Ormsby, a lawyer for the school district, said in an email that the district cannot change the electoral system voluntarily because the elections are held “in a manner that is required by Missouri law.” The district is considering an appeal of the judge’s decision, she said.

She noted that FFSD is “very disappointed” with the court’s ruling.

“The District continues to believe that the current at-large electoral system is best for African American representation... African-Americans have won seats on the District’s Board in each election for the past three years,” Ormsby wrote. “The Board is united in the belief that this at-large system does not violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

The court agreed that the current at-large system dilutes African-Americans’ voting power and undermines their voice in the political process.Julie Ebenstein, of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Missouri in December 2014, was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a number of black voters and the Missouri chapter of the NAACP. The plaintiffs alleged that the way the Ferguson-Florissant School District set up elections for its board members meshed “with historical and socioeconomic conditions” to keep minority voters from choosing representatives of their choice.

“The court agreed that the current at-large system dilutes African-Americans’ voting power and undermines their voice in the political process,” Julie Ebenstein, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said in a statement. “This ruling recognizes that voting in Ferguson-Florissant usually results in the election of candidates preferred by white voters only, and helps push back against decades of systemic racism.” 

The Ferguson-Florissant School District was founded in 1975 under a federal order to desegregate African-American students ― by adjoining primarily white districts with those where the student population was primarily black. The district covers more than 10 municipalities and serves more than 13,000 students. According to the 2011 U.S. Department of Education survey, 77 percent of the students are African-American and just 15 percent are white.

During the six-day trial in January, Jonathan Rodden, a political science professor at Stanford University who has studied demographics in the area, gave testimony that the FFSD “is in the midst of an ongoing racial transition marked by white flight to the outer suburbs.“ The district has lost more than half of its white population since 2000, according to Rodden’s testimony.

Sippel based his findings in the exhaustive 119-page opinion on extensive expert testimony, statistics and historical data that he used to determine, based on “a practical evaluation of the past and present reality, whether the political process is equally open to minority voters.” He concluded that black voters were nowhere near as successful as white voters in electing candidates of their preference to the Ferguson-Florissant School Board.

“During the six contested elections from 2011 to 2016, fifteen African American candidates ran for Board seats,” Sippel wrote. “African American candidates were successful in obtaining three out of those fifteen seats (20% success). During the six contested elections from 2011 to 2016, eighteen white candidates ran for Board seats. White candidates were successful in obtaining eleven out of those sixteen seats (68.7% success).”

The St. Louis County Board of Elections’ only concern with the ruling is the logistics of it, such as whether new subdistricts will be drawn, Director of Elections Eric Fey told HuffPost.

Read the judge’s ruling:

 
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If these people DO NOT CONSIDER US CITIZENS of this Joint, why don't they just come out and say it???

Attention: All Negroes, Colored Folks, Niggers, Nigras, Coons:

We do not consider you people, citizens, we just look at all of you as REFUGEES. Wish all of you would go back to Africa yesterday or first thing in the morning. Too bad you haven't got enough money; we try to take every cent you have, providing you services and shit. The contraption you're using now, plus the phone and TV combined is damn near a mortgage or car payment every month. We get your black ass coming and going. No pun intended.

But as long as you're living among us, we're going to do everything possible to end your lives, make you beyond miserable and sad, with the exception of bombing you, unless you really piss us the FUCK OFF.

We don't want you to participate in our voting systems, don't want you to go to our schools, don't want to live any where near your black asses, all of you remind us of King Kong, Harambe, and Shabani.  Hear Shabani's handsome!!! Got the women Japanese/probably a few white women, drooling all over themselves (thought I'd clean that up a little; nah, I cleaned that up a lot.)

We consider you 3/5 a person, and think you're ugly as fuck. You think Slavery's over; that's the biggest lie we EVER TOLD. You've all accumulated, collectively about $2.50 since you arrived here  in 1619 haven't you?? Sorry that 40 acres and the fuckin' mule never materialized, we were too busy giving all our funky, nasty, unbathed, diseased European brethren FREE LAND when they arrived here. They had to go on those fuckin' gold hunts ya know!!!!!

We damn near slaughtered all the buffalo. Did you see the picture of all those skulls piled to the heavens?? We were proud of that. We're proud when we kill all the animals. Have their skulls lining our walls, have them stuffed, we're walking on their skins as rugs.  You know what happened to Cecil dontcha?? Dentist had it going on!!!!!!! Went to Africa and showed his ASS while killing Cecil's. He's PROUD; buttons bouncing off his shirt right now!!!

Keep on singing and dancing Ole Good Darkies, that song "We Shall Overcome" is getting on our last nerve, but if you have to sing that once a year or more, because you're protesting our unGODly bullshit  and slaughtgering of your sons and daughters, we can tolerate that fucking noise. Just continue burning down YOUR neighborhoods; don't come to ours, we'll Donerize your BLACK ASSES. They'll get rebuilt within 100 years or so; you won't live to see that. Our rich brethren will take care of that once your gone, however you're gone. We'll make everything white again, if we don't destroy the whole fuckin' world before then. Kim Jong Un gets antsy every now and then; fires up the ocean. Might accidentally on purpose let a big one go; that'll be it!!!!!! No more damn fish, that's for sure. Won't have to worry about sharks eating us up for lunch once a week. There won't be any US for them to eat; we'll be gone too.

Too bad we have allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the fucking money. Never going to give you any!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We've been real good towards keeping it all to ourselves, living in the big houses, living off the fat of the lamb, living LARGE!!!

Keep on humpin' along Blackies, we'll let you know when we've had enough. One day, you'll wake up, and see your brethren laying all over the streets, deader than door nails, bullets flying every fucking where. Your Black Asses should get the message THEN. The Undertakers will be dancing the White Man's Jig to the Country Beat!!!!!! Maybe there'll be some River Dancing. Luck of the Irish, dontchano????

Ya'll got some good rhythm!!!!! Thank you very much for your 300 years of free labor; allowing us to make zillions off your talents, sports, music, singing, fuckin; that noisy Rap shit. We copy you all pretty good, though, dontcha think? Elvis, Pat Boone, Eminem, Macklemore (whoever the fuck that is!)

Thank you very much for filling our Nigger Cages to the hilt; you sure continue to make us zillions of dollars. We had to turn those Slave Patrols into something more palatable. It's called The Prison Industrial System. Sounds good, dontcha think??? Sounds Educational. Y'all love being there sometimes until executed; sometimes for life with 3 lifetime sentences added. That must be 1,000 to 2,000 years, isn't it??? And never forget that 40 YEAR SOLITARY CONFINEMENT in a cage with bugs and rodents, no human contact; no lights. I believe I'd rather be waterboarded right on out of here to the next realm of Wherever.

Thank you Good Darkies!! Until we kill you ALL, which will be soon: .

At the moment have a good night's sleep, if you have a roof over your head. If you don't; too bad, so sad.

We HATE your BLACK ASSES, all of YOU!!!!! (Must admit we like to fuck one of ya every now and then; back, front, sideways, off the wall, in an occasional Police Car.)

In the slight or maybe not so slight case of WW III, we'll probably FORCE you to go kill some world wide Darkies.

Thanking you in advance for that too. We just won't give 5 fucks about you if you come home in one or a couple of pieces, still breathing. We'll tell ya, "Thank you for your Service!" Then we'll turn to each other, pat each of us on the back, laughing, all the while calling you "NIGGER ASSHOLE"!!!!!!!

We stole us a MIGHTY GREAT COUNTRY, dontcha think????? The Original Natives probably think so too, since it was ORIGINALLY THEIR COUNTRY; probably still is, all the fuckin' treaties we broke! They're on fucking RESERVATIONS somewhere; guess they're OK. They're drunk most of the time, sometimes out of their minds, and we don't care one bit. Out of sight, out of mind. (I just want to say, maybe so, but when they're handsome, there's NO ONE on the planet who can beat them in the looks department.) N.O. O.N.E.

Thanks for helping build the motherfucker!!!!! Even though it was at the crack of the whip, it's sure 'nuff pretty. See all the pretty buildings in the cities???Whatchu think about The White's House??? You built that too!!!!  You was some good Niggers when we didn't have to pay you; not so good now.

We're sorry you're here, but that fuckin' sun ya know!!!! Turns our funky asses straight into LOBSTERS now as it did the 'cestors then. Sunburn hurts like a motherfucker!! We couldn't handle that cotton. Sorry you're here; glad you picked all that fuckin' cotton. Made us WEALTHY!!!!!!! We're now called "AMERICANS." Don't know how we got AMERICANS out of AMERIGO. We do dumb shit like that. All we CAN really do is kill NIGGERS, with a flare All NIGGERS can do is GO straight to their graves.

                                                   Yours truly,

                                                   Cracka-Ass-Cracka

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