This week, Charlotte has been a site of protest and violence following the death of Keith Scott, who was shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Brentley Vinson. Scott is one of many black men killed in police-involved shootings — one of at least 194 in just 2016 — and students are trying to cope with it happening so close to home.
“The first thing I felt was tired,” Mahogany Monette, student director of the North Carolina Fellows Program, said. “I think as a black female it’s really difficult to just watch this continue.”
Other students have been feeling similar emotions.
“It’s incredibly shocking and disheartening that this is still the state that we’re in,” Lauren Eaves, co-president of the Campus Y, said.
“I’m angry and I am into the support as an ally to any students of color in whatever way that they would.”
Sophomore Kameron Southerland said with all of the violent incidents occurring lately, all she can do is worry.
“It kind of happens so much nowadays that you can’t help but worry,” she said.
“I have two brothers so you can’t help but worry about what people see when they see them and what people think.”