The Appearance of Equality: Racial Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Supreme Court

By Christopher M. Burke | Go to book overview
Save to active project

Preface

Words of caution to the reader. Do not expect to find, in the pages that follow, an answer as to what constitutes fair representation; how to arrive at its measure; or concrete suggestions as to how to remedy its lack. From the words and appearances of Supreme Court opinions, I have culled philosophical narratives or strategies of justification that give fleeting structure to debates over what constitutes fair representation in Voting Rights Act and reapportionment cases. However, there is very little new in the law and even less certainty. To this paradox, the subject of fair representation presents no exception.

Although I may claim that there is no such thing as fair representation, nothing that I write will dissuade those who believe ardently in a particular standard from thinking otherwise. It may be that capturing the essence of fair representation is as futile as trying to collect fog in a mason jar. The thing or its practice alters as we collect and examine it. Yet, the absence of fair representation seems to increase the urgency for arguments asserting its presence.

Several people whom I will not mention assisted me in this enterprise through time, opinion, and support. Though I do not acknowledge you by name, please accept my heartfelt appreciation. I would be remiss if I did not recognize Lawrence Burke, Dorothy Burke, Michael Hull, Jacquelynn Nikolaus, and Andrew Burke who offered material and personal support without which it would have been impossible to see this enterprise to its conclusion. Peter Carstensen graciously extended to me access to the University of Wisconsin Law School library. Heather Staines of Greenwood Publishing Group extended to me this publishing opportunity, and to her I owe my gratitude. Elizabeth Meagher, production editor at Greenwood Publishing Group, patiently guided me through various preparations of this manuscript. Copyeditor Beth Wilson

-vii-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Appearance of Equality: Racial Gerrymandering, Redistricting, and the Supreme Court
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 212

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?