Not All Heroes Wear Capes
Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they wear dress shirts and ties.
I remember two years ago, sitting on my deck in Southend Charlotte, North Carolina, listening to the helicopters circling above, news crews filming the riots happening just a few miles away in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina surrounding the Keith Lamont Scott case. My stomach was in knots. I was scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen; no one did.
I had CNN on and heard Toussaint Romain telling a reporter "We can’t lose any more lives. I’m a public defender. I can’t represent any more people. We can’t have more people go, to die. No more people being arrested. We need to take a stand and do it the right way. People are hurting. People are upset. People are frustrated…I’m trying to prevent people from being hurt. We’re here to make a stance. We’re here to show we aren’t all the same. We’re here to say enough is enough.” I remember watching and listening... for four nights.
Here was this man...a husband & father taking a stance. I was nervous and scared for him. I was sad for our city, for our country. I felt like I was in a time warp. It was 2016. Hadn't we come further as a nation??
His comment that night stuck with me. That night Toussaint stood between SWAT police and the mix of angry civilians. He was even pepper sprayed, but HE kept the peace. He’s the man that kept Charlotte, my home, safe that week.
Toussaint Romain, my hats off to you. It was so great to talk with you last night. I still want that interview. I look forward to seeing all that you will continue to do for Charlotte; I’ll be watching. Good luck in the upcoming District Attorney race; I think there’s a vote you can definitely count on ✔️ “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools” - Martin Luther King, Jr. Xo.