The people of Charlotte protested. After a march around the courthouse they even arrived where they started and had a candlelight service. The general vibe was discontent, and they have every right to be upset. Some ended their night at Little Rock Zion Church to pray, and others took a different path.
Once a mass of peopled entered the EpiCenter I knew the peaceful protests were coming to a close. Watching a dozen live video streams from different vantage points gave the continuous feeling of chaos after that point. I have never seen the people of Charlotte act that way, and worse things have happened than this. I can only imagine that there are a percentage of the population that waits for these opportunities to wreak havoc on a vulnerable area. Wanting change in your community means you don’t destroy your community. And I know Charlotte knows that.
For those that read this, and care about their community. Those people will go to their neighbor, their friend, their local government and start a conversation on how to mend these wounds. Wounds that are apparent and need to be dealt with.
Joshua Komer for the Free Press.