My Personal Thoughts

So far I have really only given facts of the events that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina on the night of September 21, 2016. However, I have not really voiced my opinion. To be honest, I don’t even know how to express how I feel about the horrible things that took place. Well, many have asked me why I chose to go. And the answer in simple, because I wanted to document what humans are capable of. I don’t expect people to understand why I went. Though, ignoring it is not going to fix it. Yes, maybe we “the media” were fueling the fire, but if we were not there who would show how professional and amazing the police were. That was one of the hardest things to see, rioters yelling at the police. I remember one guy in particular walked passed a police officer and asked him “are you ready to die!” The police officer stood there and took it. The person that created the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” obviously were not police in Charlotte. Many times I heard protestors yell out “we ain’t ANIMALS, We’re humans!” and with every chant of “hands up, don’t shoot” and “if we don’t get no justice you don’t get no peace” I could tell it was wearing on some of the police. I saw one particular police officer through the crowd, who caught my attention. In this single frame I believe you can see the humanity of that moment. The eyes say it all, even though the cops were standing there taking the verbal beatings there was still a human with a heart under that riot gear. This photo will haunt me for the rest of my life because it shows the humanity of the moment.police_and_riot-1


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