|Skyline of Charlotte, North Carolina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Over the years I've spent a good bit of time in Charlotte, North Carolina and I have a fondness for the city. The company I worked for most of my working life was based in Charlotte. When I was working with the World of Fantasy Players touring stage production, our show preparations and rehearsals were in the warehouse of the Morris Costume Company which owned the show. Most of our performers came from the Charlotte area so I became close to many of them as well as having a deep love and respect for the Morris family.
Charlotte is a lovely city and what we've seen over the past week is not a good representation or reflection on this metropolitan area. Thankfully most of the protest demonstrations have been peaceful and the city officials have shown reasonable restraint in highly tense circumstances. Though saddened and fearful of some of the events that unfurled, I was relieved to see an attempt to let the justice of the system take its course rather than unraveling under mob rule.
At this point there seem to be many many unanswered questions that hopefully will be addressed in days and weeks to come. Changes need to happen on both sides of the fence. Solutions may not all be simple. However one thing that the city does not need is professional agitators from the outside. Hard for me to say how these interlopers are funded or organized, but all indications are that they are giving Charlotte a black eye. The media isn't helping that much either. I would wonder how bad things would have turned out if the media hadn't been covering the demonstrations at all. Then on the other hand one might wonder if justice would ever be served without the pressure from the media and other external forces.
I suppose this will be an ongoing debate.
And then there is THAT DEBATE...
Do you feel that the U.S. news media does a more effective job at reporting the news or creating the news? Have you any experiences with the city of Charlotte to relate to readers? Are you interested in the U.S. presidential debates?