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Charlotte Talks: George Floyd Death Stirs Anger In Charlotte

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

We hear from some of the people protesting on Charlotte streets in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. What they hoped to accomplish and what they feel they did.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in just about every major city in the country as well as mid-sized and small towns, to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Isolated protests have followed many recent incidents of injustice, but this was different. This incident seemed to open the floodgates of pent up anger and despair.

People protested here, too, a city which has its own list of people who have suffered from a double standard of justice and mistreatment because of race.

Though most protesters were peaceful, some were not. We hear from a few of those who took to Charlotte’s streets about what they hoped to accomplish and what message they sent.


Braxton Winston, Charlotte City Council member at large

Malcolm Graham, Charlotte City Council member, representing District 2

Rev. James Leach, minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte

Alvin Jacobs, Charlotte-based photographer and activist. He has documented protests around the country, most recently in Minneapolis.

George Floyd protests
David Boraks
Protesters take to the streets of Charlotte after the George Floyd was killed by a then-Minneapolis police officer.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.