"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
We've seen it happen in other cities, but a little more than two months ago, it hit home. Civil unrest spilled into the streets of Charlotte in reaction to the Keith Lamont Scott shooting. Protests went on for days, and at times, turned violent. A young man even lost his life. It left many of us stunned.
After seeing the frustration in the streets and listening to the anger in council meetings, we here at WBTV wanted to know what fueled this. We wonder if many were using the protests as a platform to express their frustrations with long-standing problems in their communities.
In this special, we're confronting the challenges that plague Charlotte neighborhoods.
We're also addressing differences when it comes to jobs, and accessing the basic necessity of fresh food.