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Redistricting Texas

Historically red Tarrant County diversified in the last decade. Now Republicans are trying to divide up its voters of color.

Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, said the maps were drawn “race-blind.” But Democratic Sen. Beverly Powell, whose district would be turned into a majority-Republican district, said they’re an attempt to deny voters of color their voice in elections.

Mayor Michael Evans became the first Black mayor elected in Mansfield in December 2020. “I lived here for 32 years and served this community as a pastor, but sometimes you want to do more. This has been that opportunity of doing more.” Sept 29, 2021.
Tristeza Ordex is an activist in Tarrant County, voicing her concern over the proposed redistricting of Senate District 10, with the new version reaching into more conservative Parker and Johnson counties. “The map is being drawn to remove black and brown communities from that district to make it a Republican stronghold.” Sept 29, 2021.

Ordex sits in the Fort Worth restaurant Los Zarapes, a restaurant in the heart of Senate District 10 that she says is symbolic of the fight communities of color face. “(This restaurant) has been owned by these two Latinx women - immigrant women that came here and built the American dream. Now they want to remove them from a district that they’ve been a part of for so many years because the GOP is threatened.”. 

“What it comes down to in the end is you have individuals making decisions for us that have no idea what it’s like to live what we’ve lived.”

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