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Republicans Split a Black College in Half in Extreme North Carolina Gerrymandering | NowThis

August 13, 2019


I’m in district 6. I’m in district 13. We see these crazy shapes and we look at the
racial density maps and we’re like, wow, it’s a perfect match. It is to gain partisan advantage on the map. Like I’m 21. I just started voting. It just isn’t supposed to be like this. So right now we’re in district 6. We’re
about to walk across the street into our next district which is district 13. This right here is the gerrymandered line
that we’re walking over. North Carolina A&T is the largest public historically
Black college or university in the country. Often times when I’m going back and forth
from classes in the back of my mind sometimes I distinctly recall, oh, I’m going across
different districts. I explained it to one of my line brothers
the other day. The first question I got back is how is that even legal. And I had to respond that it’s actually not. North Carolina, first time since 1870 do you
have a Republican legislature. In 2011, when the Republicans assumed power
of the North Carolina legislature they decided to draw redistricting plans for both chambers
of the General Assembly and congressional districts that packed Black voters into as
few districts as possible, thus limiting their overall influence and political power. We knew from the get go this wasn’t right. We see these crazy shaped districts with appendages
and arms. We overlaid them over racial data. And we’re like wow it’s a perfect match. Every 10 years the state redraws district
lines. The last time this was done was in 2011. That’s when a group sued the state saying
the new lines relied too heavily on race calling them unconstitutional. Fast forward to February
when a federal court agreed and required the state to draw new congressional maps. My district, the 12th district in North Carolina, is the most gerrymandered district in the nation. The district, initially when I ran in 2014,
spanned the corridor of 85. They call that a sort of a serpentine district, a snake district. In the middle of my re-election
the court determined that there had been racial gerrymandering by our legislature. And so both the congressional districts that
were racially gerrymandered, and the state legislative districts that were racially gerrymandered,
needed to be corrected. And when that happened in early 2016, Representative David Lewis
was the head of the House side of the process. And during debate in the legislature he unavowedly
defined his goal. I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and 3 Democrats because I do not believe it is possible to draw a
map with 11 Republicans and 2 Democrats. It is to gain partisan advantage on the map. And I want that criteria to be clearly stated and understood. He said the courts have said we were guilty
of racial gerrymandering and so we’re going to turn off the race button, not consider
it at all. And we’re just going to draw a partisan gerrymander because partisan gerrymandering
isn’t illegal. You have a legislature that is really disconnected from the political
will of the people and any accountability for their misdeeds. We have East market street on our left and
the line comes down there and comes straight down the street. Originally we were drawn into District 12
which was represented by Rep. Alma Adams a Democrat here in North Carolina. That district
was deemed unconstitutional. And so we were considered packed into that district. Now we are not packed, we’re cracked into district 13 and into district 6. Here on campus we are divided by Laurel Street which is very much in the center of campus. It’s the continuation of the split if you
can kind of see up ahead where the rest of the road is. This is like a big central area of our campus. Students who want to go to the CAF go in 13
and when they want to exercise in the gym they go in 6. Students are constantly walking across district lines. Some are aware. Many are not. Let’s put this to the test. Tylik, which
district are we in right now? We’re on. 6? Yay! This line right here. There’s people I find today that still don’t
understand the concept of gerrymandering and how it is racist and how it affects the students
on this campus everyday. I think awareness is really the key. I don’t think we came into this space knowing
that we were organizers but rather saw an issue on campus and wanted to know what we
could do to go about correcting this issue or at least drawing attention to it. Folks that are Black and young and college-aged
are voting towards the left. And for North Carolina to cut our campus in half, the largest HBCU in the nation, to me is just unnatural because naturally we would be voting as a collective. We are gerrymandered into two mostly white,
Republican-leaning districts. We have a representative who owns a gun store. I’m Ted Budd. And I approve this message. We have a representative, there’s talks
about him being the speaker of the house, replacing Paul Ryan. Students on campus, we have to become like
these almost political experts. We are a representative democracy. It’s not supposed to be hard especially for young folks that are just getting this right. Like I’m 21. I just started voting. It just isn’t supposed to be like this. This is a good neighborhood to canvass. There’s a lot of houses. All right, which number? There’s a real deficit to democracy when,
apart from the different weight that people’s votes have, just in terms of being able to
effectively reach voters, get your message out, for voters to know who represents them,
it’s a lot harder in districts that are drawn with boundaries that don’t make a lot of sense. This is what the district looked like before
it was redrawn in 2011. And this is what it looked like after it was redrawn. And this just shows you who had been elected prior to it being redrawn. I’m a civil rights attorney. I’m also a candidate
for the North Carolina Supreme Court. I grew up in a mixed race family. My
father is Black and my mother is white. And it’s always been my goal to try to get us
closer to equal justice. Since I moved here could I vote here? Yeah. In fact we could register you to vote
right now. This is about how we structure our Democracy
and people understand there should be a level playing field. Districts shouldn’t be drawn
in a way that gives some voters more weight than others. Every vote counts. Every vote counts for sure. Ok, thank you. Great, thank you. I was taught that when I turn 18 I have the
right to vote. But if my right is diluted and is suppressed, why should I vote? And
so that’s what I get from a lot of young people. And I tell them that’s the reason why we need
to. If they’re suppressing my vote, that means that I must have a big vote power out here.
So I have to show it. If you really want people’s voices to not
be silenced anymore, gerrymandering is something that we’re really going to have to tackle
and address. It’s not enough to want to change. You have to actually gather together and make
that change yourself. On election day we’re going to do a march
to the polls, the classic march. Gather students together. We did a lot of marches last year. And the
year before. A lot of roll to the polls. One thing that we’re known for is the Greensboro
Four that went to the Woolworth counter in downtown Greensboro and demanded to be served. That’s a legacy that we have here at A&T. There’s this like big misconception of you
know millennials are just too lazy to be politically engaged. Or too this or that. I think it’s
pretty evident that the youth are involved and the youth actually care. The key issue is to get students riled up
before such an important election. We’ve seen so many races come down to a
couple of hundred votes. That’s half of a floor of a dorm at this campus. The truth is as toxic as gerrymandering is
to our democracy, gerrymandering can be overcome. If enough people turn out and vote, it can
be overcome. The power of the youth vote is just the fact
of being able to know that, hey, if I vote not just me but my friends and my friends’
friends and their friends, if we all vote we will be able to make some type of a blue
wave happen and something big and change happen in terms of November. If better Is attainable, why not go get it. You know, we deserve it. I think we should have it.

34 Comments

  • Reply SEBA 1982 October 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I'm still voting Republican: Patrick Little 2020.

  • Reply Revoltingsheeple October 15, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    There's not much that can be said about this. Defeat The Right.

  • Reply Jacob Reyes October 15, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Do democrats do this too?

  • Reply ljlarrea October 15, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Vote Republican, stop the lying!

  • Reply Skankhunt 42 October 15, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Trump 2020 🇺🇸

  • Reply War Is Wrong October 15, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Why would a black male vote for feminism and socialism? There hasn't been a reason for monolithic black voting on "the Democrat plantation" in decades.

  • Reply Douglas Henry October 15, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Well I think it's time for them to understand the America is giving off the illusion of Democracy when it is really a Republic

  • Reply ijvo1951 October 15, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    My State, NH, use to let College Students Vote from other States now their making it harder.

  • Reply Z AG October 15, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Ooo. " If better is attainable, why not have it?" quote of the day!

  • Reply Star Trek Theory October 15, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Both sides have been doing this for years.
    A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Wake up.

  • Reply ALP7A October 16, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Since were here…you wanna talk about how Democrats also do extreme Gerrymandering?

  • Reply pedro almeida October 16, 2018 at 8:00 am

    But i thought Republicans didn't care about race and identity politics!?

  • Reply Harry October 16, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    LOL, really? because I'm pretty sure the ones being divisive have been the "left" From what happened at Evergreen College to Harvard full on excluding people based on the color of their skin, to others resorting to completely fabricating stories of how someone victimized them and refuse to admit they are wrong even when there is video proof. I wish some of you could step back and look at what your beloved Democrats and fellow liberals are doing and trying to get away with. It used to be "a lesser of two evils" or "there is some good on either side" Not anymore…You are all on the wrong side of things 100% the left is the side full of hate, blinded by lies and refusing to see it's errors no mater how many times they are shown the truth.

  • Reply J W October 18, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Why is there allowed to be an all black college? Racism and segregation still exist people.

  • Reply James Redic October 20, 2018 at 12:19 am

    The whiteman is a devil. Period.

  • Reply edwin semidey October 20, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    the republicans are the most racist party since the far conservatives have taken over the party. they only serve the big money donors.

  • Reply Zurround100 October 22, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Is this the new version of "separate but equal"?

  • Reply Jon Pynes October 22, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Gerrymandering is a bad practice. And it’s done by both sides, slant much NowThis?
    People, we are all American and our mistakes cannot be found in just anyone camp. Be open to that fact.

  • Reply rabblerouser October 22, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    North Carolina. Nuff said.

  • Reply Eric Williams October 29, 2018 at 2:21 am

    It don't matter both parties are the same. X slave owners and prejudice in there own right.

  • Reply Joshua Graham October 29, 2018 at 5:51 am

    So can we all agree that there should be FEDERAL laws to ban Gerrymandering, or are we just going to continue to pretend that this is a recent thing done by Republicans?🤔

  • Reply William Thomas October 29, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    We are NOT a democracy.

  • Reply Eugene Godley October 30, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    There are many black republicans they just scared to say it

  • Reply Edward James November 2, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Unfortunately, until either side decides to draw their maps fairly and without partisan bias, this will still be a problem. Nobody wants to be fair; they would rather win. You platform, then, becomes just talking points instead of actually talking to a wider range of people who may not be like you.

  • Reply TheJinashura November 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    😂 look at the comments. It's like they think Democrats don't do exactly the same thing

  • Reply Slimkirby December 14, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    You guys are deluded

  • Reply NoOne NoOneAtAll February 22, 2019 at 6:22 am

    So what's the issue here?

  • Reply jamali hamilton March 2, 2019 at 2:44 am

    And then Republicans wonder why blacks don't vote for them.

  • Reply Nick Chavez April 2, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Ya don't tell young black people what Republicans think because they might change their minds. We need them to all think exactly alike

  • Reply To_Be_Decided_Later... April 25, 2019 at 12:00 am

    This is why ain't no one in North Carolina know's where to vote.

  • Reply Nicole Taylor May 8, 2019 at 12:24 am

    So proud of my people on this

  • Reply Nicole Taylor May 8, 2019 at 12:26 am

    WHY WHITES ARE SO PETTY AND SCARED THAT THEY CANT POSSIBLY HAVE FAIR ELECTIONS AND FAIR DISTRICTING. REALLY NO MATTER THE WAY WHITES LOOK AT IT THEIR NUMBERS ARE IN THE MAJORITY. BUT THEYRE WISE TO KNOW ITS NOT ABOUT NUMBERS. I GUESS THE ONE OR TWO BLACK PEOPLE ELECTED IN STATE LEGISLATOR IS HIGHLY THREATENING TO WHITE SUPREMACY.

  • Reply Paul Reverend May 31, 2019 at 3:02 am

    So, you want segregation? I thought diversity is a good thing? Voting districts should not be divided along racial lines. They should consist of many different races and cultures. Or am I wrong?

  • Reply Built2Fast June 7, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Is it a representative democracy though?

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