They say if you want something done, get a (black) woman to do it. Just after dawn this morning, activist and North Carolina educator Bree Newsome climbed a 30-foot flag pole and snatched the Confederate flag down from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.
As officers repeatedly asked, “Ma’am, please come down off the pole,” Newsome quoted scripture on her descent, including verses from Psalms: “The Lord is my light, and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?”
Activists on the ground can be heard chanting, “We have nothing to lose but our chains!”
The Confederate flag, literally enshrined on South Carolina’s capital grounds because it cannot be lowered by regular means, is seen as a taunting slap in the face to African Americans, many of whom know it to be a symbol of segregation, white supremacy and violence. The social media petitions of #TakeItDown and #KeepItDown speak to the movements to remove the flag, especially from government institutions.
The New York Daily News reports:
A group of about 10 activists orchestrated the flag’s removal after police say white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine people at Bible study at “Mother” Emanuel Church in Charleston.
“We didn’t see it fit to have the flag stand erect while the people who were massacred were laid to rest under it,” organizer Tamika Lewis told the Daily News as the funerals of the victims started this week.
“We removed the flag today because we can’t wait any longer,” Newsome said in a press release. “We can’t continue like this another day. It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality.”
According to the News, the flag went back up this morning.
Newsome, who had on a helmet as she made her daring climb, and another activist, James Tyson, were arrested for their part in today’s action. The hashtag #FreeBree is now trending on Twitter.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) June 27, 2015
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On Saturday afternoon, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore tweeted that he would pay Bree Newsome’s bail with the hashtag, #TakeDownTheFlag.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2015
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 1 of 20
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 2 of 20
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 3 of 20
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Getty 4 of 20
5. A Charleston County sheriff's deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 5 of 20
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 6 of 20
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 7 of 20
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 8 of 20
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source:Getty 9 of 20
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source:Getty 10 of 20
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 11 of 20
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:Getty 12 of 20
13. The congregation departs following Sunday services at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:Getty 13 of 20
14. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 14 of 20
15. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:Getty 15 of 20
16. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel's first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 16 of 20
17. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.Source:Alex Colby 17 of 20
18. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source:Alex Colby 18 of 20
19. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church's first service since the shooting on June 17.Source:Alex Colby 19 of 20
20. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source:Alex Colby 20 of 20
Source: The New York Daily News, Photo: Getty Images
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