I love doing my weekly Twitter roundup, because it’s usually fun and lighthearted and represents all things relatively simple. With that being said, there also comes a time when social media sheds light on the issues that we can pretend to ignore, but most definitely shouldn’t.
Growing up in Charlotte, you don’t imagine that your hometown could become a national headline. I’ve watched riots in Baltimore and other cities on the news before, and have always been glad it wasn’t somewhere close to home. The other night, I was sad. Just last weekend when I was visiting home, my friends and I ate dinner on the corner of College and Trade St. where the riots were occurring. I texted my younger brother and told him not to leave the house. I called my mom at 10 pm and asked if her and my dad were ok. I stayed up way too late watching the news, intent on going to bed with a peace of mind that my city would be ok.
The moral of the story is that everything is not ok. I don’t want to give you guys some cheesy quote or drawn out saga about my opinion – so I won’t. All I should note is that change comes from within. What’s it going to take for us to understand each other, regardless of religion or race or gender? When are we going to get so tired of the violence, lies and hidden agendas that we give up the fight? I wish I had a simple solution, but unfortunately it’s not that easy. Until then, all I can do is hope for a better tomorrow. Each and every one of you reading this is important and you add value to the world we live in.
Sorry Charlotte stole your shine, Angelina.
On Said Violence in Charlotte: After an African American man, Keith Scott, was killed by a police officer in Charlotte – all hell broke loose. Riots ensued, peaceful protests then happened and the National Guard was sent in. The Panthers still played on Sunday, but the Queen City is still nowhere near being back to normal.
Stupidity like this only emboldens those who want to dismiss actual concerns. https://t.co/HdSlhTqD3x
— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) September 22, 2016
WCCB is reporting a few people tried to put a news photographer into a flaming trashcan and police came to his aid
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 22, 2016
Cam Newton says he's in a "lose-lose situation" when it comes to speaking out on social injustice. pic.twitter.com/C754ZwftT5
— Tadd Haislop (@TaddHaislop) September 21, 2016
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) September 21, 2016
CMPD chief says he did not see evidence of #KeithLamontScott pointing a gun at officers from the video he's reviewed
— Katie Peralta (@katieperalta) September 22, 2016
VIDEO: CNN Reporter Violently Shoved to Ground on Live TV in Charlotte as Riots Rage for 2nd Night https://t.co/fZsOjDoZNw
— Independent Journal (@TheIJR) September 22, 2016
— Scott Lundgren (@scottelundgren) September 22, 2016
Ritz Carlton confirms shooting near hotel, they have locked hotel doors. Restaurant is using furniture to barricade windows.
— MichelleBoudin (@MichelleBoudin) September 22, 2016
On The Gas Shortage: Remember that time last week when no one had gas and everyone was freaking out? I tried to let my boss give me the go ahead to work from home with no avail. I did, however, pay $2.64 for premium gas on Tuesday night and that made me unhappy. Oh well. Throwback to when we were all paying close to $4.00 a gallon FOR REGULAR GAS at one point in time.
Kinda great what a gas shortage does for I-40 traffic at rush hour 🙃🙃🙃
— Henry Gargan (@hgargan) September 19, 2016
Any idea how long this gas panic will last or should I plan on riding my bike to work this week?
— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) September 19, 2016
Don't even want to talk about what I just paid for gas. 🙄 #GasCrisis2016
— Laura Blake (@laurablakenc) September 19, 2016
— Richard Averitte (@RichardA1972) September 19, 2016
The Great Gas Crisis of 2016, is over.
North Carolina can go back to panicking over who's in the the bathroom with them.
— Jasomnambulism (@jasomnambulism) September 20, 2016
Would love to see Trump try to use a gas pump. #GasCrisis2016
— Darwin Brandis (@DarwinBrandis) September 17, 2016
On the Brangelina Split: This doesn’t need much explaining. The power couple is splitting up after Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. There are *whispers* that Pitt cheated on Jolie, which means that Jolie filing for divorce is his karma. Obviously, Jennifer Aniston memes dominated Twitter for an entire day.
I will never experience as much bliss as Jennifer Anniston did today
— Natalie Breneman (@nataliebreneman) September 21, 2016
— Katlin Boeker (@kboekshow) September 20, 2016
Brad and Angelina. How am I supposed to go to work today ?
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 20, 2016
On Jacoby Starting for the Pats: I’m sorry, but this deserves its own section simply because I went to NC State and I’m giving Carolina its own section for beating Pitt, SO THIS IS OK. Even though the former Pack QB didn’t shine, he got the job done. And that makes me so happy. Even if he did end up with a probably thumb injury that needs surgery….#NCStateSheeeeetttt
It's like Brissett won a fan sweepstakes where he got free tickets to the game and the chance to run Tom Brady's offense for a game.
— Alec Campbell (@AlecCampbell5) September 23, 2016
Wow. Jacoby Brissett. I'm going to call him Jacoby Brisket because this guy is out there eating as the kids say. That's wild, man.
— Jon Gruden (@Faux_Gruden) September 23, 2016
Tom Brady rushed for 53 yards last season. Jacoby Brissett has 40 rushing yards in his first quarter. This is fun. #TNF
— Cory Smith (@RCorySmith) September 23, 2016
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 23, 2016
Go Heels, Go America: The Heels beat Pitt on a touchdown with two seconds remaining. All I have to say about this is that State is probably LOLing at the fact that they fired Canada, who still seems to be doing the same things at Pitt (AKA WTH ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR SLOW OFFENSE?)
Chin up, Pirates. Soon, ECU fans. Soon. pic.twitter.com/LHzYSsygav
— SportsChannel8 (@SportsChannel8) September 24, 2016
Because you have to. pic.twitter.com/mr43UruGQA
— statefansnation (@statefansnation) September 24, 2016
A bad ECU loss, a big win for DUKE at ND, a comeback win for UNC and a Wake road win. Yep, that's pretty much a L for NCSU on a bye week.
— Richard Averitte (@RichardA1972) September 24, 2016
To the fans that stayed all 4 quarters EVEN when it was hairy…. WE LOVE YOU! #RealHeels
— Nazair Jones (@nazjones90) September 24, 2016
Highlight of the day: telling Larry Fedora his team is 2 safeties shy of NCAA record for most in 1 season&that it's Wake's record when asked
— Marilyn Payne (@marilyn_payne) September 25, 2016
Not the cleanest, not how you draw it up, not an ideal start. Just the best finish I’ve ever seen in Kenan Stadium. Hark the damn sound.
— Turner Walston (@TurnerWalston) September 24, 2016
*Also, Duke shockingly beat Notre Dame 38-55 in South Bend. Big deal? The Fighting Irish fired their defensive coordinator Sunday morning after the loss.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 25, 2016
RIP Arnold Palmer: Ovies said it best, you guys. Pour one out for a legend today.
2016 officially the worst. Now lemme go mix tea and lemonade, pour one out. https://t.co/7gCPk1yFx3
— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) September 26, 2016
Seriously, how can you ever be cooler than this? It's impossible. pic.twitter.com/Brl1fldCte
— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) September 26, 2016
— Hayes Permar (@DHPIV) September 26, 2016
— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) September 26, 2016
— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) September 26, 2016
Two of the greatest names in American sports, both lost this year, photo from Jan. 2, 2007, before the Orange Bowl (AP photo) pic.twitter.com/Z3rVRPutGN
— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) September 26, 2016
LOL Tweets of the Week:
Is it bad to eat vitamin gummies as regular gummies?? Like as a snack?? Bc I do that sometimes. Like every day
— Kaeli Hinton (@kaehinton) September 20, 2016
— Jingles Donnerfrio (@JimmyDonofrio) September 25, 2016