|It's not over! - Bree Newsome|
Cue the conservative outrage, a Black woman climbed up a pole and cut down the Confederate flag around the South Carolina capitol grounds.
Bree Newsome, a resident of Charlotte. NC traveled to Columbia to make a point. She wants the world to know that that flag represents the racism that led to the killings of nine in Charleston.
She wanted the world to know that Freddie Gray's life matters. She wanted to let protesters know that she's not afraid of what the media says about her. She did it to make the world know that she's not afraid to stand up for something.
Newsome was charged today for defacing a state monument on Capitol grounds. Authorities said that she climbed the 30 foot tall pole and unhooked the flag, ignoring the orders of officers who arrived when she was halfway up the pole.
This misdemeanor carries a hefty fine of $5,000 with a trip to the iron college for up to three years. If they find her guilty, she may face both. Her and James Ian Tyson, from Charlotte were both cuffed.
There is a crowdfunding website that was set up today to raise money for her and Tyson. So far it's reached nearly $100,000 in funds. A hashtag #BreeNewsome went viral since the incident.
The Confederate battle flag which is protected by South Carolina law was raised again 45 minutes after Bree unhooked the flag.
|Bree Newsome gained national recognition after climbing a pole to remove the Confederate flag.|
Republican governor Nikki Haley along with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) calls for the flag's removal.
President Barack Obama delivered a passionate speech yesterday telling that the world see how Americans overcome tragedies. He urged Americans to pressure Congress to pass legislation to change the narrative. Obama believes that mass murder tragedies are going to continue way pass his term.
It's up to state lawmakers to pass it.
Counter-protesters were in Columbia today to protest the removal of the Confederate flag. Some are saying that the flag isn't about hate, it's about heritage. They blame the junk food media for allowing this discussion focus on their "pride" of the South, the Confederate battle flag.
|Bree Newsome and James Ian Tyson were booked in county lockup.|
Many believe her actions could inspire millions and that's why activist DeRay McKesson has called for his followers to aid her throughout her journey.
Protest is confrontation. Protest is disruption. Protest is the end of silence. It is not the solution, it creates space for the solution.— deray mckesson (@deray) June 27, 2015
🎶#StayStrong: A Love Song to Freedom Fighters by @BreeNewsome ft. @7thSoana🎶 #BlackLivesMatter http://t.co/P6BLVAWz9B pic.twitter.com/HI6oHD8QmO— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) December 16, 2014
Is the United States prepared/willing to tackle white supremacy the same way it has gone after Islamic extremism? If not, why not?— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) June 25, 2015
Within a wk we've had a black civil rights leader assassinated in his own church in SC AND a black church burned in Charlotte, NC.— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) June 25, 2015
Me and S. Baldwin wish Bree well on her journey. Bree is currently in county lockup. She is innocent until proven guilty.
This is a passionate issue. This shooting has opened deep wounds.
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