The Crooked Presidential Candidates show their colors in Charlotte

October 3, 2016
Christina Xia  Etiwanda High School 12th Grade

Christina Xia
Etiwanda High School 12th Grade

With the death of a black man named Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina caused by a police officer shooting; the crowd has begun protesting police brutality.

This protest is not just black versus white. There are white, brown, and black people protesting together against systemic violence in their city fight for their justice and freedom.

The political aspect of the Charlotte Protest revolves around the two presidential candidates: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They delayed plans to visit the city in the days after the shooting of the black man.

Even though Clinton has postponed her visit to Charlotte after she announced late Friday that she would visit on Sunday, she is still planning on visiting the city regarding the issue of lethal police force especially against African Americans.

However, according to Trump, she can be view as a “crooked” candidate with “bad judgment forced her to announce that she would go to Charlotte on Saturday to grandstand,” according to CNN News. Trump is suggesting that the visit to Charlotte is not necessary and Hillary is just wasting her time.

Trump showed a different attitude towards the flood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; he visited this city within days after the disaster took place. He cares about the deaths of the whites in Baton Rouge, but shows no interest in the death of a black man in Charlotte, which opened him to criticism from Hillary.

Regarding this issue Mr. Trump offered a grave assessment: “our country looks bad to the world, especially when we are supposed to be the world’s leader. How can we lead when we can’t even control our own cities?”According to BBC, from the words on a representative Robert Pittenger, a Republican, that Trump seems to want the Americans to believe that black protesters in the city “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” This statement suggests the crooked view of Trump and his underlying message that black lives are less valuable than white lives.


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