Protests gone wrong in the town of Charlotte caused the governor of North Carolina to take precautionary measures against these acts of violence. The protests started out as harmless, originating the night before Keith Lamont Scott, an African-American man, was shot by an African-American police officer. After Keith’s death, the once peaceful protests escalated into deadly riots across the city. The most brutal of them all was one was the riot outside of the Omni Charlotte Hotel. The town police were equipped with riot gear while throwing flash-bang grenades, pepper spray and tear gas into the crowd. The protesters counter-attacked by throwing debris and launching fireworks, injuring four policemen. Meanwhile, others then smashed windows and beat up hotel employees and other civilians. Amidst all the chaos another person was shot, but sources confirmed it wasn’t from a police officer. Later, protesters gathered around the I-227 freeway, shooting more fireworks at passing cars. When the protesting ceased, seven police and one civilian was sent to the emergency medical bay. The following day, the governor of North Carolina issued a state of emergency along with the deployment of the highway patrol and the national security guard to ensure the safety of the roads.
Connection to History:
This has a connection to the Civil Rights movement (1954-1968). ‘Black Lives Matter’ and the Civil Rights Movement rose from the same roots, but their reactions are very different.
Questions to ponder:Do you think the riots in Charlotte are justified? Does this represent the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement as a whole, or does it represent something else? Do you think violent protests like these get in the way of paving a path of equality for everyone? Why or why not?