Omar Ali, political historian and associate professor in the African American Studies program, was interviewed by the News & Observer regarding what he calls the “very beginning of a transformation in American politics,” as being an Independent is becoming a more viable option in politics.

Ali, co-founder of North Carolina Independents, a nonpartisan association of independent voters focused on political reform, is interested in how innovation plays into politics in terms of changing existing systems.

“Innovation has always come from those outside of the establishment, be it in science, culture or politics,” said Ali. “Independents are the outsiders. We bring innovation because we’re not dependent upon the establishment, even as we look to partner up with insider players to reform our existing political system.”

“We’re focused on changing the conversation and looking at the long term,” Ali said. “This work is in the very early stages.”

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