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The Next Great Migration?
In the past few years, we’ve seen some of the most regressive legislation pass in red states since Jim Crow. Now, I don’t want to fall into the trap of comparing modern-day oppression, which seems content with including white Americans this time, to historical and current Black oppression. But there are parallels to draw between the Jim Crow era and the yet-to-be-named anti-trans, anti-women, and birth-givers movement of modern day (which include members of all races). Specifically, I think about the effects of this regressive movement, and how it could mirror history.
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The effects of Jim crow created the Great Migration, where 50% of the Black population moved from southern to northern states. It completely changed the political landscape of our country.
Today, we are two years past our census, a process that determines how many electoral votes each state receives. States like Texas and Florida received +1 electoral votes. California and New York, -1. If modern-day regressive law-making creates a second great migration in this country, it will be another nine years before we reallocate electoral votes. I can’t help but wonder if that’s the point.