Rioters: Perceptions of the Experiences of Rioters in Charlotte, North Carolina

Crystal Kominar, Leslie Wilcox, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

After a series of shooting incidents across the United States by police, sustained subjugation of the black community, marginalization of this population, and institutional racism, the harmful repercussions of such had a direct impact on the riots that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina in September, 2016. The shooting of Keith Lamont was a defining moment for the residents of Charlotte that highlighted the violence towards a population due to a historical structure maintained in society. The current research will use Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to explore perceptions of Charlotte, North Carolina rioters through on ground, face-to-face semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions. The lived experiences of the rioters will allow for comprehension of the phenomenon of rioting in Charlotte, North Carolina by using Social Identity Theory (Kassin, Fein, & Rose-Markus, 2014, pp. 177), Intergroup Contact Theory (Pettigrew, 2016), and Critical Race Theory (Pease & Fook, 2016).

Keywords: riot, subjugation, racism, Social Identity Theory, Critical Race Theory

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