Actually -- and I'm really not trying to throw any gasoline on the fire here -- as someone who grew up in North Carolina (an hour away from Charlotte), lived in Atlanta and now resides in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic, I don't think this visitor of @RANYC is all that wrong. (For what it's worth, I'm white.)
Let me just preface by saying, I love Charlotte. A lot. As a native North Carolinian, I'm so proud of what the city has become, and I try to visit at least several times a year to see all of the changes in person.
During these visits, I've spent a lot of time in South End, admiring and observing the rapid transformation that's taken place there. I'll take extensive walks through the neighborhood, go to breweries and try out some of the new restaurants there. I'm saying this because my following opinion isn't based on one drive through or a quick visit.
Each time I've visited South End, the neighborhood has felt, well, extremely homogeneous. As soon as you cross 277 into the district, I feel like you're automatically hit with a younger, whiter, perhaps more privileged and "bro-y" vibe. It's very reminiscent of some neighborhoods in Nashville or Atlanta's West Midtown district.
I can understand, @carolinaboy, how observations like these might appear negative, but perception is a real thing for visitors to a city. Charlotte should be striving for inclusivity, equality and diversity. And if people of color from out of town who visit South End (or other parts of the city) feel like there isn't a place for them there or it's heavily segregated, they're more likely to go back to their friends and family and relay what they saw. Bad look for the city, IMO.
(Note: I'm a journalist, so I operate off facts and statistics before coming to any judgment. I don't know what South End's demographics are like off-hand, so that's why I italicized "felt" and "feel." I don't have proof that my observations and feelings are rooted in fact.)