Plea for peace, unity at NAACP rally in Charlotte

- It's a rally where those in attendance wished they didn't have to be at. 

"Why are we all still going through this again? I'm tired of coming to these rallies," Paris Hopkins said. 

Hopkins was at the rally in Uptown Charlotte Monday evening because her cousin, Janisha Fonville, was shot and killed by a CMPD officer in 2015. 

Monday's rally came in the wake of two police shootings of black men at point-blank range, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

People in the Queen City are calling for unity. 

"To see that it hurts me, like it tears my soul a part because we shouldn't have to go like that."

"I want change, I want us to say hey, I see that white man over there he's my brother, I see that white woman she's my sister. I want to feel that way and as African Americans we never felt that way and we want to feel that way now."

But they're also looking to take action. 

"When they're talking about people being out on the streets in Baton Rouge they're not just responding to what happened to Alton Sterling they're responding to a reality that's just happened over 400 years when the first ships kidnapped Africans and dragged them from their shores."

The crowd in Charlotte was not downplaying just how tough a job some police officers have. Of course they're sympathizing with the officers in Dallas who were brutally gunned down last week.

But their Black Lives Matter movement is still singing for equality. 

"We're dealing with the pain every single day and I would hope that my white counterparts would understand their responsibility to have those conversations because hate is not of God."

Not everyone at the rally had lost a loved one, but the ones that have, said now more than ever is the time to stick together. 

"We're always fighting against white and black, white and black, brown, Asian, whatever, we need to become a unity."

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