The Constitution’s original three-fifths compromise was that, for the purpose of representation in the House of Representatives, slaves counted as three-fifths a person. The South obviously wanted it to count as five-fifths because that would give them even more representative power by people who weren’t allowed to vote and the northern states wanted it counted as zero-fifths. The compromise was that each slave counted as three-fifths of a person who couldn’t vote.
Prison gerrymandering is arguably worse because people in prison – like the slaves – can’t vote but they count as an entire person. So they have even more electoral weight with the same lack of voice. And I used a five-fifths compromise on purpose because there’s a clear racial component to this.
The Roberts Court is poised to shape American society in Trump’s image for decades to come. All three branches of the federal government are now committed to the Trump agenda: the restoration of America’s traditional racial, religious, and gender hierarchies; the enrichment of party patrons; the unencumbered pursuit of corporate profit; the impoverishment and disenfranchisement of the rival party’s constituencies; and the protection of the president and his allies from prosecution by any means available. Not since the end of Reconstruction has the U.S. government been so firmly committed to a single, coherent program uniting a politics of ethnonationalism with unfettered corporate power. As with Redemption, as the end of Reconstruction is known, the consequences could last for generations.