A reaction to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, NC

This is for one of my closest friends, a member of the African-American community and a native of Charlotte, NC. I explain the world around me through words, these are the words I feel for her, for her community, for this tragedy, for this country — right now.

When I see my friend.

Strong, resilient, beautiful, and radiant.

When I see my friend.

Hopeful, longing, searching, reaching.

When I see her,

Now.

Breaking, questioning, reacting.

I see her. Now.

Mourning, crying, stricken.

I see her. Now.

Confused, disturbed, and weeping.

I see her.

Now.