Thursday, September 22, 2016

'Black Lives Matters' protests turn violent in Charlotte, North Carolina



Two protesters sit down in front of police in Charlotte. A Charlotte residents breaks down amid the clashes.

Summary:
             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?

10 comments:

  1. I think that violent protests only cause more tension in society and that it goes in the way of equality.

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  2. I do not think that this would represent "Black Lives Matter" as a whole, this would represent them as being a violent group instead of peaceful protests. They have always been doing peaceful protests and this is something that nobody would think a harmless movement group would do.

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  3. I believe that this doesn't help the representation of "black lives matter" as a group. This violent act is giving them a bad presentation and violent protest don't give them any advantages. Peaceful protest convinces people way better and faster.

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  4. I believe that this doesn't help the representation of "black lives matter" as a group. This violent act is giving them a bad presentation and violent protest don't give them any advantages. Peaceful protest convinces people way better and faster.

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  5. This does not help the perception of "black lives matter." "Black lives matter" was supposed to be a peaceful protest for peace and justice. In fact, I believe that it will be counter productive for violent protests.

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  6. I agree with Amanda, violent protests don't put "black lives matter" in the right light. It is more convincing to others if it was completely peaceful.

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  7. The irony in these "protests gone wrong" situations is quite apparent. Those who believe that they can fight violence with violence are totally mislead. They are quite literally embodying the stereotype they are fighting to end. The proper way for "Black Lives Matter" to protest would be peacefully, perhaps in a manner similar to Dr. King's approach.

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  8. I think that this does not represent the "black lives matter" movement because it was originally suppose to be a peaceful protest for justice among the black community. I believe that violence will further them from achieving their goal of equality because it will not allow them to speak clearly about what they want to be done/changed in their community. This may also lead them to be treated with less respect because violent actions cause disturbance, which comes off as immature to others.

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    1. I agree! I don't believe that violence is the answer. A lot of Civil Rights Activists spoke out against the violence telling the rioters to stop and be peaceful.

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  9. This has been escalated more than it should of from both sides.

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