"Once the process was started by the desire to buttress Republican districts, the question still is regardless of that, how cognizant of ethnicity can you be in crafting a district, how distorted can a district become when the purpose is to capture a particular race or ethnicity?"
- John Alford, political scientist at Rice University in Houston.
"The implicit message to African Americans is, we're going to let you vote, but we're going to rig it so your vote doesn't count."
- U.S. Representative Rep. Max Sandlin (D-Texas) testifying at the Texas Redistricting Trial in Federal Court
John Alford, cited in Fox News Article "Supreme Court Mulls Texas Redistricting Map by Jane Roh," March 02, 2006, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,186542,00.html
Sandlin: cited in Austin Chronicle, "Rights and Consequences, The Redistricting Trial?Pits 'Partisan Gerrymandering' against the Voting Rights Act" by Michael Kind,