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Black Florida lawmakers stage House sit-in as redistricting plan passes

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Florida Representatives listen during a legislative session, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Florida House of Representatives passed the DeSantis drawn congressional redistricting map Thursday by a vote of 68-34.

Black lawmakers staged a sit-in on the House floor, singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ as the deciding votes were cast.

The new map breaks up a majority Black congressional district between Jacksonville and Tallahassee and redraws a district near Orlando that is also majority Black.

Black lawmakers contend the map is racist and was deliberately drawn in order to dilute Black voting power in Florida.

Supporters refer to the plan as ‘race neutral.’

Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to approve the new map which will also give Florida a 28th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.