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Assigning Congress seats by race

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In order to better equalize the proportions of political power held by each racial group, and to end white dominance of american politics, congressional seats should be reserved for specific racial groups, based on their percentage of the total American population.

This is similar in principle to the way that New Zealand reserves seats in parliament for the Maori people. Given that the United States also possesses a similar colonial history, we should act accordingly in order to provide more opportunities for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities to give voice to their needs via representatives that they are guaranteed to be able to elect from among their own communities and racial groups.
 

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No, the idea is entirely unconstitutional /end thread.
 

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Segregated voting?

I'm for a few indigent seats for the undocumented.
 

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In order to better equalize the proportions of political power held by each racial group, and to end white dominance of american politics, congressional seats should be reserved for specific racial groups, based on their percentage of the total American population.

This is similar in principle to the way that New Zealand reserves seats in parliament for the Maori people. Given that the United States also possesses a similar colonial history, we should act accordingly in order to provide more opportunities for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities to give voice to their needs via representatives that they are guaranteed to be able to elect from among their own communities and racial groups.

12% of Congress is Black, Blacks make up 12.7% of the population.

What exactly is the issue you have?
 

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12% of Congress is Black, Blacks make up 12.7% of the population.

What exactly is the issue you have?

He wants one more Representative who is 70% Black.
 

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12% of Congress is Black, Blacks make up 12.7% of the population.

What exactly is the issue you have?

That's the House. What about the Senate? And what about Latinos, or Native Americans? Where is their proportional representation?
 

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Excellent suggestion!

Quotas are definitely coming to this fast changing country.

Maybe this idea will get a start next year with President Biden, who promises to be the most "progressive" president in this country's history.

Quotas are the only fair way to go!

That way, each ethnicity will get a percentage of political offices based on its percentage of the total population.

Then the House of Representatives' 435 members will really reflect the face of America, as liberals love to say.

Here in Los Angeles, for example, Euro Americans are about 30% of the population, so they would get 30% of the 15 City Council seats. African Americans would get 9% of the seats. Asians would get at least one. And Hispanics would get the majority.

Also, each ethnicity would get a chance to be mayor or governor or president. We have had plenty of Euro American presidents and one African American president (and soon will have a female African American president), so it is time for a Hispanic president followed by an Asian president followed by a Native American president.
 

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Segregated voting?

I'm for a few indigent seats for the undocumented.

The voting need not be segregated. But the race of the candidates running for each particular seat in Congress should be predetermined.
 

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Quotas are not a good idea. We should aspire to keep moving towards a true meritocracy in all things rather than place arbitrary qualifications.
 

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That's the House. What about the Senate? And what about Latinos, or Native Americans? Where is their proportional representation?

Native Americans make up 1% of Congress and 1% of the population
 

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In order to better equalize the proportions of political power held by each racial group, and to end white dominance of american politics, congressional seats should be reserved for specific racial groups, based on their percentage of the total American population.

This is similar in principle to the way that New Zealand reserves seats in parliament for the Maori people. Given that the United States also possesses a similar colonial history, we should act accordingly in order to provide more opportunities for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities to give voice to their needs via representatives that they are guaranteed to be able to elect from among their own communities and racial groups.

Why stop with race. How about quotas for religion,sex,disabled vertically challenged, obese,homeless,coal miners etc. These people deserve to be represented as well!
 

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In order to better equalize the proportions of political power held by each racial group, and to end white dominance of american politics, congressional seats should be reserved for specific racial groups, based on their percentage of the total American population.

This is similar in principle to the way that New Zealand reserves seats in parliament for the Maori people. Given that the United States also possesses a similar colonial history, we should act accordingly in order to provide more opportunities for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities to give voice to their needs via representatives that they are guaranteed to be able to elect from among their own communities and racial groups.

I have a better idea.

Let's have an Amendment to the Constitution that establishes a third chamber in the legislative branch. It will comprise of one representative from each race in the US, who will be elected by popular vote by citizens of each particular race. (This will include Caucasians) Each member of this body will have a percentage of one vote commensurate to their race's percentage of the citizenry. For example, the black representative will have 12.7% of one vote. The percentage will be determined by each census.

The representatives will cast their votes on every bill that is passed by both the House and the Senate...before it is sent to the President. If this chamber fails to pass the legislation, the bill goes back to the other two chambers for revision...or it may be dropped entirely by either of those two chambers. If this chamber passes the legislation, it then goes to the President in the normal manner.
 

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Quotas are not a good idea. We should aspire to keep moving towards a true meritocracy in all things rather than place arbitrary qualifications.

Racially proportionate representation is a merit in and of itself. It is an enormous benefit to have representative from your own race who is better able to identify with your issues.
 

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In order to better equalize the proportions of political power held by each racial group, and to end white dominance of american politics, congressional seats should be reserved for specific racial groups, based on their percentage of the total American population.

This is similar in principle to the way that New Zealand reserves seats in parliament for the Maori people. Given that the United States also possesses a similar colonial history, we should act accordingly in order to provide more opportunities for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities to give voice to their needs via representatives that they are guaranteed to be able to elect from among their own communities and racial groups.

LOL. So, you want to do away with elections?
 

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In order to better equalize the proportions of political power held by each racial group, and to end white dominance of american politics, congressional seats should be reserved for specific racial groups, based on their percentage of the total American population.

This is similar in principle to the way that New Zealand reserves seats in parliament for the Maori people. Given that the United States also possesses a similar colonial history, we should act accordingly in order to provide more opportunities for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities to give voice to their needs via representatives that they are guaranteed to be able to elect from among their own communities and racial groups.

So you want to apply Affirmative Action and quotas to voting? The electorate isn't allowed to vote for someone because of a quota?
 

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That's the House. What about the Senate? And what about Latinos, or Native Americans? Where is their proportional representation?

Don't forget about gay males, gay females, transgenders, cross dressers, Russians, Iranians, Asians, fat people, skinny people, disabled people, cat lovers, dog lovers, animal haters, atheists, Hindus, and a million other categories.
 

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That's the House. What about the Senate? And what about Latinos, or Native Americans? Where is their proportional representation?

How much for the Native-American cause is Sen
Warren worth? A full 100%? Or is that broken further down into whatever percentage Indian blood she has?
I do not understand why ethnic or racial minorities would want to make their minority status-- in a democratic process-- the defining standard. All that is being done is placing "Euro-Americans" (whoever they are), in the perpetual driver seat.
 

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Excellent suggestion!

Quotas are definitely coming to this fast changing country.

Maybe this idea will get a start next year with President Biden, who promises to be the most "progressive" president in this country's history.

Quotas are the only fair way to go!

That way, each ethnicity will get a percentage of political offices based on its percentage of the total population.

Then the House of Representatives' 435 members will really reflect the face of America, as liberals love to say.

Here in Los Angeles, for example, Euro Americans are about 30% of the population, so they would get 30% of the 15 City Council seats. African Americans would get 9% of the seats. Asians would get at least one. And Hispanics would get the majority.

Also, each ethnicity would get a chance to be mayor or governor or president. We have had plenty of Euro American presidents and one African American president (and soon will have a female African American president), so it is time for a Hispanic president followed by an Asian president followed by a Native American president.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm, this has possibilities. I wonder if the OP realizes that 35% of Americans identify as conservatives while only 24% of Americans identify as liberal. The OP idea actually sounds pretty fair to me. I wonder if he realizes he opened up a can of worms? Is he willing to have 35% of the Senate and the House be made up of conservatives and only 24% be made up of liberals? Or, does he now realize how stupid his OP really was?
 

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Hmmmmmmmmmmm, this has possibilities. I wonder if the OP realizes that 35% of Americans identify as conservatives while only 24% of Americans identify as liberal. The OP idea actually sounds pretty fair to me. I wonder if he realizes he opened up a can of worms? Is he willing to have 35% of the Senate and the House be made up of conservatives and only 24% be made up of liberals?

Except that seats are divided by state and district, so who's going to get the black guy?
 

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Why stop with race. How about quotas for religion,sex,disabled vertically challenged, obese,homeless,coal miners etc. These people deserve to be represented as well!

Better yet, since 35% of Americans identify as conservative and only 24% identify as liberal, that is the percentage the House and Senate should be comprised of.
 

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In order to better equalize the proportions of political power held by each racial group, and to end white dominance of american politics, congressional seats should be reserved for specific racial groups, based on their percentage of the total American population.

This is similar in principle to the way that New Zealand reserves seats in parliament for the Maori people. Given that the United States also possesses a similar colonial history, we should act accordingly in order to provide more opportunities for historically disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities to give voice to their needs via representatives that they are guaranteed to be able to elect from among their own communities and racial groups.

Ending racism with more racism makes not ****ing sense. So no to your piece of **** racist idea.
 

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How much for the Native-American cause is Sen
Warren worth? A full 100%? Or is that broken further down into whatever percentage Indian blood she has?
I do not understand why ethnic or racial minorities would want to make their minority status-- in a democratic process-- the defining standard. All that is being done is placing "Euro-Americans" (whoever they are), in the perpetual driver seat.

lmao! Now that I think of it, I've got some Native American blood in me.
 

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Ending racism with more racism makes not ****ing sense. So no to your piece of **** racist idea.

Mutts and mongrels are going to argue over who is what color.
 

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How much for the Native-American cause is Sen
Warren worth? A full 100%? Or is that broken further down into whatever percentage Indian blood she has?
I do not understand why ethnic or racial minorities would want to make their minority status-- in a democratic process-- the defining standard. All that is being done is placing "Euro-Americans" (whoever they are), in the perpetual driver seat.

Euro-Americans are already in the perpetual driver's seat, and always have been. My idea would give minorities a greater proportion of representation.
 
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