Tag: Black Lives Matter

Op-Ed: Six Months is a Lifetime

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Six Months is a Lifetime

It has been six months — half a year — since Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. It has been six months — half a year — since protesters shut down Old Concord Road, a stone’s throw from our University. The massive and impassioned protests that followed shook Charlotte’s establishment to […]

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Scared of The Clown Craze? Meet The CMPD.

| October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Scared of The Clown Craze? Meet The CMPD.

There’s been a weird and hard to explain uptick in clown sightings the past few weeks. Late at night, on street corners or in the woods, and calling in threats to schools, a remarkable amount of attention is starting to be given to what the media is calling America’s “clown craze.” Just in time for […]

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Fighting police brutality through fellowship

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Fighting police brutality through fellowship

A candlelight vigil, in remembrance of Keith Scott and Justin Carr, was held Sept. 28. The event was held in the Student Activity Center where posters were on display titled, “I Do This For…” “Candle Dedication” and “White Light Vigil” along with eight candles which were later lit in honor of the recent victims of […]

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Protests continue on UNC Charlotte campus

| September 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
Protests continue on UNC Charlotte campus

Photos by Alex Sands. “The whole damn system is guilty as hell” was the chant that turned heads on UNC Charlotte’s campus Wednesday, as a march of students and community members interrupted the flow of campus. Protesters made their way down Craver Road, which was closed for the march, throughout campus and back to the […]

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Op-Ed: How could this not happen here?

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: How could this not happen here?

Two years ago this month, I wrote my first piece with the Niner Times. It ran in print under the headline “Ferguson Here.” That article explored racial re-segregation in Charlotte, and the militarization of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in the wake of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In it I spelled out just a few […]

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No longer journalists

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
No longer journalists

Safe: not able or likely to be hurt or harmed in any way. On the night of Sept. 21 we were not safe. Initially a group of four Niner Times staff members ventured to Uptown to cover the protests in Marshall Park. When protesters split with some staying in the park and some walking up […]

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Students gather at Student Union in wake of protests, riots

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Students gather at Student Union in wake of protests, riots

At noon today and again at 2:30 p.m. students dressed in black clothing gathered outside and inside the Student Union in protest of the fatal shooting of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old African American who was killed by police just miles from campus. The student organization JM Mentoring & Associates began organizing the event soon after the news […]

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Protests erupt after police officers fatally shoots black man

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Protests erupt after police officers fatally shoots black man

Update 6:06 p.m.: Businesses in Uptown, Charlotte are being encouraged to close early and residents are being advised to lock their doors, city officials warn. Protests are rumored to start in Uptown tonight. Update 3:45 p.m.: Scott was an alumni of North Carolina A&T State University. Protests erupt around campus as the aftermath of fatal shooting […]

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Alicia Garza talks ‘Black Lives Matter’ to the students of UNC Charlotte

| April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Alicia Garza talks ‘Black Lives Matter’ to the students of UNC Charlotte

Co-founder of the “Black Lives Matter” movement Alicia Garza, 35, spoke to the students of UNC Charlotte March 28 in McKnight Hall. “Whether you have a Ph.D., a GED or no degree, you deserve life.” Of the many profound quotes taken away from Garza’s speech, this was the point in the lecture in which quiet […]

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Alternate Take: Why it matters that black lives matter

| March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
Alternate Take: Why it matters that black lives matter

John, my co-worker and friend, wrote last week that he’s not a fan of avoidable confrontation and neither am I, really. Confrontation is almost never fun, almost always painful and without exception uncomfortable. But confrontation is necessary for the reconciliation of right and wrong and for the abolition of unjust power imbalances. Sometimes my political positions might make […]

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All Politics is Local… Especially in 2016

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
All Politics is Local… Especially in 2016

Democrats need to understand something very important: That no matter your politics, your conservative, liberal or progressive ideals, you are your own worst enemy. Already our party is blessed with a two edged sword. Our make up as a heterogeneous party provides sound benefits to a party that could not exist with only middle class […]

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OP-ED: Black Students Matter

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Black Students Matter

When I came to UNC Charlotte my junior year of college, I noticed the obvious thing: diversity. Transferring from an HBCU (Historically Black College or University), I knew I was going to encounter more white people than I probably ever have in my young life. This wasn’t a big deal for me because non-black students […]

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OP-ED: Movements need you more than moments

| April 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
OP-ED: Movements need you more than moments

It’s only the first half of 2015, and already, four people have declared their candidacy for next year’s presidential elections: Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio for the Republican Party. If statistics from the last two presidential elections hold, our generation will vote overwhelmingly in favor of whoever […]

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