BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CN) – In a trial to determine whether or not Alabama racially gerrymandered some of its congressional districts, U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne testified the four congressional maps proposed by the 10 black voters suing the state would “destroy” the ability of representatives to effectively serve their constituents.
“If you’re making them about race, you’re getting them wrong,” Byrne said.
In their suit, the plaintiffs argue that the state could have created a second majority-minority congressional district.
But Byrne – a Republican congressman who is running for the U.S. Senate and was a witness for Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill – said that, to adopt the proposed maps would be to make a decision based on race, which he said would go against the beliefs held by Martin Luther King Jr.