Monday, September 20, 2021

Black Woman (Bree Newsome) Arrested for Removing SC Confederate Flag (WATCH)

bree newsome - on flagpole

*As you know there’s been a lot of debate and action regarding removal of the Confederate flag, as of late.

In South Carolina the talk has been especially intense because the shooter of 9 unarmed black people who were praying at a Charleston church photographed himself with the flag as a symbol of his White Supremacist beliefs.

In the meantime, Governor Nikki Haley and other politicians have called for the removal of the flag from state grounds, but so far it hasn’t happened.

Enter one Bree Newsome, 30, of Charlotte, NC. She (like a lot of black folk) is tired of waiting and took matters into her own hands Saturday morning.

Newsome – a youth organizer – was halfway up the more than 30-foot steel flagpole just after dawn Saturday when State Capitol police told her to come down. Instead, she continued up and removed the flag before returning to the ground.

The woman and a male associate who had entered the wrought-iron fence surrounding the flag were arrested.

Activist Mervyn Marcano told the Guardian that when Newsome returned to the ground she and James Ian Dyson were arrested by capitol police and taken to a detention center.

Sherri Iacobelli, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Safety, told the Associated Press Newsome and Tyson, 30, also of Charlotte, had been charged with defacing monuments on state capitol grounds, a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $5,000 and a prison term of up to three years, or both.

“The flag represents white supremacy,” said 25-year-old Tamika Lewis, another activist from Charlotte. “The image alone is used to ignite fear and intimidation, especially among people of color and minorities.

“Taking it down is a long time coming.”

The flag, which is protected by state law, was raised again a short time later. A rally by flag supporters was scheduled for later Saturday.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Well, at least they showed the same level of professionalism in making the arrest that was shown to the killer.
    Was a bit skeptical if she would be tackled like the 15 year old in McKinney.

    But unlike him, she didn’t get treated at Burger King.
    Not that she needed any food from them.

  2. This is one of the most heroic and moving actions of civil dis-obedience that I have ever witnessed. I was moved to tears and applaud this woman for doing it. Everyone knows what this confederate flag represents, but we have tolerated it over the many years.

  3. SHE SHOULD HAVE SET THAT FLAG ON FIRE AND SHE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT BETWEEN 3:00 AND 4:00 AM CUZ THOSE WHITE PEOPLE PUT UP A GOOD FRONT THEY DONT WANT TO TAKE THAT UGLY FLAG DOWN. CUZ NOW THERE WILL BE A FIGHT ABOUT TAKING THE FLAG DOWN AND BLACKS WILL LEARN ALL THE WHITES WHO ARE GOOD FOR NOTHING RACIST PIGS AND CAN NO LONGER HIDE THEIR HATE TOWARD BLACKS

  4. The Confederate States were traitors to the Union and declared war upon the United States of America.

    The Confederate Flag is a symbol of treason, treachery, insidious and traitorous attitudes, and hatred. To celebrate this flag, to fly this flag, to defend this flag is worthy of an investigation by Homeland Security.

    The state of South Carolina should consider their behavior in this regard with more care than has occurred in the recent past.

    Bree Newsome is a patriot and a true American.

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