Charlotte’s Troubling Reality

Drunk, white, entitled woman symbolizes the city hosting the GOP’s convention in 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – So, a drunk, white entitled woman in Myers Park confronted two black women because they didn’t belong in “her” neighborhood. The black women apparently missed the “Coloreds Only” sign.

As North Carolina’s own Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

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Welcome to Charlotte, where old habits die hard. What was true centuries ago, in 1938, 1958, 1978, and today is this: In Charlotte, there are simply certain places set aside for certain people. And those certain people know it, based on the video. The message is undeniable: This is “our” town and there should be no freakin’ black people in “our” neighborhood.

Now you know why the Republican Party chose The Queen City as the town to hold its 2020 convention. There is no friendlier place for our self-described white Nationalist president to be nominated for a second term. At one time, rational people in the GOP, both in Washington and North Carolina, would see the irony of the Party of Lincoln nominating a man who is creating the gravest threat to our nation that Lincoln warned against – a house divided against itself.

I suspect that when the red dresses and ties gather here in the summer of 2020, the GOP and their enablers in the Democratic Party and Chamber will get a strong, vital history lesson on why Charlotte is also known as a ‘hornet’s nest’ of resistance to royal authority.

I suspect that when the red dresses and ties gather here in the summer of 2020, the GOP and their enablers in the Democratic Party and Chamber will get a strong, vital history lesson on why Charlotte is also known as a “hornet’s nest” of resistance to royal authority. The drunk, white, entitled woman presents a real problem – she is the face of Charlotte.

So, just she as was not given a pass by the people she was terrorizing, neither will those who oppose tyranny remain silent to the behavior of our president. Charlotte’s streets will be full of those opposing the cruel oppression of immigrants; the lack of affordable, adequate medical care and food for average people; the subversion of our electoral system to racial gerrymandering; the general disregard for common human decency; and, who knows what else!

It took courage to stand up to the drunk, white, entitled woman. There was no way of knowing if she had a gun. It also took self-control. To not escalate a confrontation with a drunk person is no small task.

The problem, however, is not resolved. Rather, it is exposed. How will the city respond knowing that the drunk, white, entitled woman symbolizes Charlotte? How is it that in 2018, it is STILL AN OKAY THING to confront a black person for, well, being black?

Drunk white woman photo

These are questions that Charlotte’s leaders must answer. They must also ask: In 2020, shall Charlotte become a military-surplus armed camp when Republicans meet? Or, shall it be a robust gathering of peaceful Americans exercising their First Amendment rights – without fear of getting gunned down?

The answers are essential – not only for Charlotte, but for all the United States.

© Michael M. Barrick, 2018. Photo by Matteo Paganelli on Unsplash