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We're Hosting Online Conversations Around Recent Events | Chaos or Community?
Over the course of 25 years, we have been deeply committed to using history to build community and learned there is power in dialogue. Beginning this past Sunday, we used our Twitter account as a platform for online conversations around the tragic events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas and beyond.
The online discussion (Tweet Chat) includes various voices, opinions, experiences and solutions. Below you will find just some of the viewpoints offered. You can read Sunday's and Monday's Tweet Chat on Storify.
Sunday, July 10, 2:30 - 3:30pm
How have you responded to the events of the past week in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas? #CometoUnderstand
@LevineMuseum Honestly......through tears. I'm about to birth a black son and have no idea how to protect him.
@LevineMuseum A1: Through silence. I decided to listen.This time felt different. As if people suddenly realized the real
Documented "local" actions and protests. Plugged "back" in to the responsibility of community
@LevineMuseum A1: engagement through dialogue. getting of FB, attending vigils, teach-ins, listening, learning, invitation #cometounderstand
I have yet to actually respond. I feel more compelled than ever explore solutions, but I'm not sure how to do that. Help! #CometoUnderstand
I think building love and understanding are the keys. But if we don't add accountability it will never start. #CometoUnderstand
What are we not talking about honestly when it comes to race, policing, gun violence and community building?
A2 We need to take another look at our laws. #CometoUnderstand
A2 If it's this easy to use deadly force with no consequences then we need new department policies and legislation #CometoUnderstand
The "origin" of race, policing and it's disproportionate effects on marginalized communities.
@LevineMuseum A2. POLICE REFORM ! PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX ! opportunies for education. poverty. #cometounderstand
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”- MLK. What do the recent events mean for us in #CLT? #CometoUnderstand
We have three choices: reform, resist or revolution. @LevineMuseum #ComeToUnderstand
@LevineMuseum A3. DIVESTMENT ? CLT is a banking center. let's talk strategy. what can that look like ? #cometounderstand
A3. Recent events further emphasize that we need to urgently deal with our race issues. #cometounderstand
What have your interactions with the police been like? #CometoUnderstand
My interactions with police have always been problematic. Always underlining tension. #CometoUnderstand
@LevineMuseum A1: fortunately, I havent to deal with the police about anything confrontational. I try to keep my distance. #cometounderstand
A1: Problematic and uncomfortable. I've been aggressively addressed for jaywalking & I don't have much trust.
A1: I’ve had no meaningful interactions with the police since I’ve been in Charlotte (8 years). #CometoUnderstand
Monday, July 11, 12 - 1pm
Have any of you had or had to give someone "the talk" about how to interact with the police? https://youtu.be/CiAVjVc8NGM #CometoUnderstand
A2: No, I haven’t had to give a talk about interacting with police officers with anyone. #CometoUnderstand
A2: It's normative when raised in a community of color. Be respectful, keep your hands visible. #CometoUnderstand
@LevineMuseum A2: My nephew is 22. Even though he's grown. I always remind him how to interact on his part. #cometounderstand
How can communities work to strengthen trust between the police and community residents? #CometoUnderstand
@LevineMuseum #CometoUnderstand A3 community policing, no broken windows policing, active community peace officer.
A3: I don’t know and I’m not sure where to start with this. #CometoUnderstand
A3: Police education on engaging certain communities, independent oversight, fear training #CometoUnderstand
Join us today, tomorrow and Friday at 12pm for our Tweet Chat “Where do we go from here, chaos or community?”
What are some questions you would like for us to ask?