ABSTRACT

Chapter 3 investigates the first of the three social movements that occurred globally in different political and cultural settings. This chapter focuses on a Black Lives Matter protest in Charlotte, NC, following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on September 10–12th, 2020. Methods of investigation include extracting named places using natural language processing, and network analysis of mention-retweet networks on Twitter. The research shows protestors made a change in strategy and location over these three days that was partly spontaneous and partly organized by the local community. The emergence of two distinct online communities, one sympathetic to the protests and one against is also notable.