Bree Newsome Does What We Were Thinking. A #BlackLivesMatter activist, Bree Newsome, 30, did what was in the back of everyone’s mind, she climbed the flagpole in South Carolina on the grounds of the statehouse and took the Confederate flag down. Of course, this was what should have happened 150 years ago. Newsome was arrested on a misdemeanor after her act of civil disobedience. The flag was put back up soon after.
A page to raise money for Newsome’s bail is already at $34,000 and has over $1,300 funders.
“For 15 years, the NAACP has called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag and has maintained economic sanctions against the state of South Carolina. The NAACP, Governor Nikki Haley, a bipartisan coalition of policymakers, an expanding number of American businesses, and a courageous young woman named Bree Newsome are all united in opposition to the Confederate flag. Ms. Newsome temporarily removed the flag flying in front of South Carolina’s state house,” said NAACP President Cornell Books shortly after photos and video popped up on twitter of Newsome’s act.
“Prosecutors should treat Ms. Newsome with the same large-hearted measure of justice that inspired her actions. The NAACP stands with our youth and behind the multigenerational band of activists fighting the substance and symbols of bigotry, hatred and intolerance,” Brooks added.