Charlotte parishioners mourn protester’s death
September 26th, 2016
By Catholic News Service
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Demanding justice in the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, protesters marched through uptown Charlotte the evening of Sept. 21 and confronted police in riot gear. Justin Carr, 25, was among them.
“I need to make a stand,” he told his mother when he called her from the scene. He said wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandmother, who had marched during the civil rights era.
Less than an hour later, Vivian Carr learned her son was in the hospital, clinging to life.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged Rayquan Borum, 21, in Carr’s death.
Vivian Carr recounted her last memories of her son during a special prayer service Sept. 23 at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, where the Carr family has worshipped for three generations.
“I know that my son died for a cause,” Vivian Carr said.
During the prayer service, people spoke of their fear of getting stopped by police or their sons getting racially profiled. Others begged people to get involved in the community.
Deacon Curtiss Todd challenged people to “think and talk and act just like Jesus.”
He recounted his own experiences with racism while growing up in segregated Winston-Salem, including one incident at the local country club pool, which at one time was limited to white people only. He recounted how a little boy was allowed to bring his dog into the pool, but when a black employee accidentally fell into the pool that same day, “they immediately closed the pool, drained it, scrubbed it, disinfected it, before they would let people back in to it. What’s the lesson I learned? That many whites see blacks as less than animals.”
From September 29, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.