Jun 27, 2015

Bree Newsome Takes Down Confederate Flag in South Carolina

Fearless, Bold, and simply FED UP! A black woman climbed a pole at the South Carolina Statehouse this morning to remove the Confederate Flag like a true Queen! Unfortunately, S.C. sided with racism and put the flag back up. Bree Newsome you're a hero! 

A woman scaled the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse Saturday morning and temporarily removed the Confederate flag that flew there. The woman was arrested by State Capitol police along with a man who had entered the grounds with her, the Associated Press reported. The flag was replaced and raised a short time later.
The woman, who was not identified by authorities, was named on social media as Brittany “Bree” Newsome, an activist from North Carolina. Her actions inspired the hashtag #KeepItDown, which was one of the top trending topics on Twitter in the U.S. Saturday. Later in the day, the hashtag #FreeBree was also trending in the U.S.

Calls to remove the flag, which is protected by South Carolina law, have been renewed since nine African-Americans were killed in what police have labeled a hate crime at a Charleston church last week. Gov. Nikki Haley and a group of the state’s top lawmakers called for the flag to be removed during a press conference last week. However, the proposal to take it down must be approved by two-thirds majorities in both chambers of the South Carolina Legislature.