#CharlotteProtest: 10 Emotionally Charged Photos That Capture the Moment

These photos capture the Charlotte, N.C., protests in response to the most recent police killings of black men.

A protester places her arms in the air while on her knees in front of officers in riot gear at the intersection near the Epicentre in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016.
A protester places her arms in the air while on her knees in front of officers in riot gear at the intersection near the Epicentre in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016. Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images

It is a trying time to be black in America.

We are a people deeply steeped in the tradition of protest. And in Charlotte, N.C., unrest continues for the third day—a direct response to the fatal shooting by police of two black men: Keith Lamont Scott, a disabled man shot in Charlotte while reportedly reading in his car, and Terence Crutcher, shot near his stalled car in Tulsa, Okla.

The reality is that blacks in America are feared, killed and then vilified—in that order. The public is made more and more aware of this rampant racism through social media and the sharing and resharing of images showing authority figures killing black men and women. And the people of Charlotte are hurt, tired, weary and just fed up.

Here are 10 photos that capture the protests in response to the most recent police killings of black men.

Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root.

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  • A demonstrator stares down law enforcement during protests Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C.
    A demonstrator stares down law enforcement during protests Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. Sean Rayford/Getty Images
  • Protesters block traffic on Interstate 85 during protests related to an officer-involved fatal shooting Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C.
    Protesters block traffic on Interstate 85 during protests related to an officer-involved fatal shooting Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. Sean Rayford/Getty Images
  • A woman smears blood on a police riot shield Sept. 21, 2016, in downtown Charlotte, N.C.
    A woman smears blood on a police riot shield Sept. 21, 2016, in downtown Charlotte, N.C. Sean Rayford/Getty Images
  • A little girl holds up a sign during a demonstration against police brutality in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016, following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott the previous day.
    A little girl holds up a sign during a demonstration against police brutality in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016, following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott the previous day. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
  • A young man raises his fist as he and others participate in a protest at Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016.
    A young man raises his fist as he and others participate in a protest at Marshall Park in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016. Sean Rayford/Getty Images
  • With blood covering her hand and arm, a woman points at a police officer Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C.
    With blood covering her hand and arm, a woman points at a police officer Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. Sean Rayford/Getty Images
  • Scene of clash between police and protesters Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C.
    Scene of clash between police and protesters Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. Brian Blanco/Getty Images
  • Residents gather for a vigil and march to protest the death of Keith Lamont Scott on Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C.
    Residents gather for a vigil and march to protest the death of Keith Lamont Scott on Sept. 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. Brian Blanco/Getty Images
  • A protester places her arms in the air while on her knees in front of officers in riot gear at the intersection near the Epicentre in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016.
    A protester places her arms in the air while on her knees in front of officers in riot gear at the intersection near the Epicentre in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016. Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images
  • A protester approaches Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers with his arms up on Old Concord Road in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 20, 2016.
    A protester approaches Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers with his arms up on Old Concord Road in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 20, 2016. Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images

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