Unity Captured in a Divided City

Both of these men showed up in uptown Charlotte to fight for two totally separate viewpoints; but in this brief capture, I imagine they realized that they weren’t so different after all.

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Both of these men showed up in uptown Charlotte to fight for two totally separate viewpoints; but in this brief capture, I imagine they realized that they weren’t so different after all.

I thought this was beautiful. Just a few miles from where I live is an encore to violent riots that took place last night in Charlotte following a police shooting (my thoughts on the situation in the previous post). Protestors have gathered for a second night to express their feelings and in many areas it got ugly. During tonight’s protest, a civilian was shot by another civilian in the heat of an uptown gathering that turned violent. This picture shows a black protestor and a white officer carrying the wounded man to medical help.

Let me repeat: a BLACK PROTESTOR and a WHITE OFFICER come together without hesitation in the heart of downtown Charlotte while riots continue to break out around them–riots that have erupted ultimately over racial tensions between the white and black community! By any and all definitions this should not be happening.  In this moment, when a life is on the line, hatred dissolves. Our “rights” and “privileges” go out the window. All that mattered to these two men was that the victim found safety and help. All preconceived stereotypes and beliefs towards the “other side” instantly became irrelevant. This is what unity looks like. This is what happens when we look beyond ourselves and our own needs. Both of these men showed up in uptown Charlotte to fight for two totally separate viewpoints; but in this brief capture, I imagine they realized that they weren’t so different after all. They both wanted to save this man. They both wanted the best for our city. They both valued human life when it came down to it. They both wanted to do good. Unfortunately this lesson was not learned until a man’s life was slipping away from him.

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This was the caption for the picture above: Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded protester into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel during a march to protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding.

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Last I heard the wounded man was on life support.

Updates soon.

Phipps

Author: CJ Phipps

I have found a love for culture and travel and have spent the better part of my life exploring this great earth. I had the pleasure of living in Argentina for a year living in a small town called San Miguel Del Monte where I learned the harmony brought by a good cup of mate and the wondrous ways of cooking and eating meat. I experienced big city atmosphere that Argentine cities such as Buenos Ares, Cordoba, and Santa Fe had to offer but not without descending to the breath-taking landscape of the south, boasting destinations such as Patagonia and the Andes Mountains. I also studied in California, traveled down the Pacific Coast Highway to visit the Arizonian home of a friend I met while out west. We stayed in Yuma for a few nights and walked the border over to Mexico. So many more stories to tell but I will only list places– Guatemala (about 8 or 9 times), all over the Caribbean, Kenya, and several handfuls of cities and states around the great USA.

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