I live in Charlotte, NC and I simply do not have the words to express how I’m feeling about the death of Keith Lamont Scott and the riots that have ensued afterward.
I’m a white woman. I can’t know how people of color feel at this moment. I know I’m sickened, saddened, and terrified by the travesties that have been happening. I know that I am sick of the killings and the hate. I know that hate breads hate and this is something that will continue until we learn to love and respect one another. I know that the riots are not just about the death of Scott. This has been a long time coming.
One of the best articles I’ve read about this event can be found here: Charlotte protesters say they are sick of “letting things slide”.
This article says much of what I would say if I had the words. Please take the time to read it.
We as a nation need to embrace one another and learn from these travesties. Please let it bring us together instead of pushing us further away. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening. I see this growing bigger. I see more hate filling the air. I see a time when whites who love people of color have no idea what to say or do to help. I’m one of those people. I want to help. All I can do is try to let it be known that I will not be silent any more. I will not stand for these killings. (I’m not just talking about the killing of Scott). I will not turn a blind eye on the inequality that is being forced on people of color. I can let people know I care.
Start standing up for what you believe.