This is by no means an all-inclusive list but we hope it will offer insight into the protests in Charlotte and the larger Black Lives Matter movement that continues to grow in the face of near-monthly abuses and tragedies. There are also a few pointed suggestions here on how we can all support a 21st-century movement for racial equality.
This is not a time to stay silent. Read up and be the change.
“To understand Charlotte’s long slide from modeling integration to typifying division, and the specific set of circumstances that led to an eruption in the streets this week, you have to understand the history of the highways where protesters have seized national attention.”
A public defender walking the streets of Charlotte has an inspirational message for the protesters — and they’re listening
“You have to realize, man, we’re in this together. And we have to come back every day. I’ll come back every day, and I’ll come back each day after that until we make sure that we make it better for my kids — if you have kids, for yours — and for our nation. We have to get better. And I have every hope, and every reason to believe that we will.”
Profile of Charlotte mayor, Jennifer Roberts – from last spring.
A Roxane Gay piece from earlier this summer on Black Lives Matter.
A history of Charlotte’s racial divide.
NPR reports that Tulsa office Betty Shelby has been charged with manslaughter.
Shawn King calls for a nationwide boycott, asks for ideas.
Photos from the second night of protests in Charlotte after the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old black man.
A husband, a father of seven, an uncle, and now a hashtag.
“Of course, I want to believe the police are here for me. To believe they will protect me. But nothing in my experience, including getting hauled off a bus to be searched, or having a gun put to my head as an unarmed, immobile passenger in a traffic stop, with a white driver who moved around without restriction, has told me I have a fighting chance if I am the victim of law enforcement overreach.”
“And when people erupt in Charlotte, North Carolina, it gives the nation real pause. Why? Because this isn’t a decaying northern city like Baltimore, nor is it a rust-belt city like Chicago. When police shoot unarmed citizens in those places, not a few wonder if the ugliness that takes place there in fact says more about the intractable violence of inner cities than it does about police aggression or unequal justice under the law.”
Blame, rumor and blood in Charlotte as protests surge and authorities bolster forces – The Washington Post
The violence in Charlotte came less than a week after disputed police shooting of a black man in Tulsa — amplifying debates over policing and race that have been thrust open before in places such as Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore.
Charlotte, N.C., resident Taheshia Williams says a white police officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott, not black Police Officer Brentley Vinson, and that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is trying to cover it up.
“White people, I’m talking to you. THIS. IS. YOUR. PROBLEM. TO. FIX. Y’all got some work to do, because this system that y’all keep on privileging from, you’ve got to help us dismantle it. Because those of us who are Black and Brown. We have tried. You created this robot, and it is yours to deactivate. My skinfolk don’t have the passcode. This is your monster to slay.”
You can also check a running tally at killed by police.
Countless studies, statistics, investigations, and anecdotes tell us that a person’s race can determine the kinds of interactions he or she will have with the police — and how likely it is that he or she will survive the encounter.
Put your bodies in the streets and help dismantle white supremacy.
The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), a national coalition (of which the Southern Poverty Law Center is a member), published a platform, Counselors Not Cops: Ending the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools, committed to ending school pushout and the school-to-prison pipeline.
45 years after the Supreme Court forced its schools to integrate, Charlotte continues to debate race, poverty, and education
An excellent essay on the resegregation of Charlotte’s public school system.
Always a good resource for gaining a broader understanding of the movement and its influences.
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