CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Almost too small to reach the microphone, Zianna Oliphant stepped to the podium at the Charlotte City Council meeting on Monday.
Six days had passed since the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a period marked by anger and unrest in North Carolina’s largest city. Zianna had come to discuss race relations. More specifically, the young girl wanted to talk to city leaders and police about being black. “I’ve come here today to talk about how I feel, and I feel like that we are treated differently than other people,” she said. “I don’t like how we’re treated. Just because of our colour . . . doesn’t mean anything to me.