Professor Michael Curtis discusses gerrymandering and political corruption in N.C. in article about ‘Democracy for Sale’ documentary
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Office of Communications and Public Relations
October 16, 2016
Professor Michael Curtis discussed the systematic corruption in North Carolina politics in the article, “Documentary highlights NC political inequality,” published in the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill’s student newspaper, the Daily Tarheel, on Oct. 13, 2016.
UNC will host a screening of the documentary, open to the public, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in UNC’s Hayti Heritage Center. A panel of NAACP and Democracy N.C. representatives and more will follow. For more information on “Democracy for Sale” and how to view it, click here.
The article promotes the documentary, “Democracy for Sale,” starring North Carolina native Zach Galifianakis. It centers around the state’s gerrymandering and its effects and is part of a documentary series on inequalities titled, “America Divides.”
“The problem is not so much that individuals are corrupt — it’s that we have a systemic corruption of the political system,” Professor Curtis tells the Daily Tarheel.
“No one is talking that much about [issues of racial gerrymandering],” according to Professor Curtis, a constitutional historian. ”There are things that are getting a lot of attention, such as House Bill 2, which is really the product of the political system.”