"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
What have you been feeling about the events of the past week here in Charlotte?
If you’re like us, it’s been a mix of sadness, disbelief, disappointment…maybe even fear and anger.
This is not the Charlotte we know and love.
And yet, we shouldn’t be surprised. The Queen City is not immune to big city problems.
An officer-involved shooting seemed to be the flash point for our local protests.
But that certainly doesn’t excuse the disintegration of peaceful protest into rioting, looting, property damage and physical violence.
We understand that this represents two different groups of people with widely varying agendas.
But what has been made clear, once again, is that we have problems.
Not only in Charlotte, but across the country.
We’ve started having conversations…and that’s great.
But we need to make sure that our conversations involve listening, keeping an open mind, and a willingness to do things differently.
It doesn’t work when we simply state our views and expect the other side to come around to our way of thinking.
At our last Editorial Board meeting we used the phrase “The New Normal.”
Now’s the time for us to decide what that new normal is going to be.
Is it violence, distrust, even hate?
Or can we truly have a change of heart?
This is not something we can legislate…not something the National Guard can enforce.
It has to come from each of us individually.
So, what’s it going to be, Charlotte?
What will we make OUR New Normal?