This fall, redistricting could have a major impact on election results across North Carolina — a state with a controversial history — when new district lines are drawn.
Kareem Crayton, a law professor at UNC, spoke at Graham Memorial Thursday about the unique history of North Carolina’s redistricting troubles, and the 2011 map’s continuance of that tradition.
Redistricting maps are created every 10 years after the federal census, and the last two were subject to legal challenges that eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 1990 census map — designed by the Democrat-controlled General Assembly — led to the landmark decision Shaw v. Reno, which established racial gerrymandering was illegal, Crayton said.
The talk, presented by the Center for the Study of the American South, also focused on the latest round of redistricting after the 2010 elections. The Republican-dominated state legislature bunched African Americans in districts where they already had influence, creating white majorities in more districts across the state, Crayton said.