Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PIC OF THE WEEK: Activist Bree Newsome Removes Confederate Flag, Explains Why She Did It


Bree Newsome has become a courageous woman and is being called a superhero for climbing a flag pole over the weekend in Columbia, S.C., and removing the Confederate flag that flies in front of the statehouse.

Although the flag was put back up a couple of hours later, many are calling Bree a superhero for her courageous act. 


South Carolina's legislature won't make a decision on whether to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State Capitol until later this summer. So, Bree took the matter into her own hands, climbed the pole, unhooked the flag and took it down while quoting a scripture.

WATCH: Bree taking down the Confederate Flag


Bree is known among activists for her work alongside civil rights groups in North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. Bree said in the days before her climb on Saturday, she strategized with other activists about how to execute the plan.



They decided that a black woman should be the one to remove cut the flag down and that a white man, activist James Tyson, would help her over the fence “as a sign that our alliance transcended both racial and gender divides.” 
James was also arrested on Saturday along with Bree. 


In a statement posted on Blue Nation Review, Bree explains what made her decide to remove the flag:

"I removed the flag not only in defiance of those who enslaved my ancestors in the southern United States, but also in defiance of the oppression that continues against black people globally in 2015, including the ongoing ethnic cleansing in the Dominican Republic."

"I did it in solidarity with the South African students who toppled a statue of the white supremacist, colonialist Cecil Rhodes. I did it for all the fierce black women on the front lines of the movement and for all the little black girls who are watching us."


"I did it because I am free. To all those who might label me an “outside agitator,” I say to you that humanitarianism has no borders. I am a global citizen. My prayers are with the poor, the afflicted and the oppressed everywhere in the world, as Christ instructs."


"If this act of disobedience can also serve as a symbol to other peoples’ struggles against oppression or as a symbol of victory over fear and hate, then I know all the more that I did the right thing."

Actress Malina Williams tweeted the following message below:



[via: Washington Post]

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