“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.
We recognized that despite the display of outrage surrounding the shooting,
this pain went deeper. And so did we...in our Community Conversation.
It airs right here on WBTV tonight from 8-9pm.
In this special, we're confronting the challenges that plague Charlotte neighborhoods.
We're exploring the disparities in housing, and how that can lead to a lack of educational opportunities.
We're also addressing differences when it comes to jobs, and accessing the basic necessity of fresh food.
We're looking at what can be done to make things better for our neighbors. Charlotte is a great city, with lots of great people...working together. So when we see fellow citizens in need, we can't ignore it. When we *say* we're on your side, we mean it.
So we ask you to join us for our Community Conversation tonight at 8pm. Chime in after the show during our Facebook Live forum. Make your voice heard: we want to hear it.
Tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.