In Louisiana judicial election challenge, DA testifies “Blacks have lots of issues…in their culture, so I try to help them”

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DA: Blacks have ‘lots of issues…in their culture’ so ‘I try to help them’ The Daily Democracy has a story by Zachary Roth. 

A Louisiana district attorney testified in a voting rights case that he “bend[s] over backwards” to try to help local African-Americans because he understands they have a lot of “issues”…in their culture….

At issue in the case is the system used by rural Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana for electing its judges. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the election system was designed to make it all but impossible for black voters to elect their preferred candidates, violating the Voting Rights Act’s ban on racial discrimination in voting.

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