Thank you, Bree, for removing the Confederate flag
This morning Bree Newsome climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina state capitol grounds and took down the Confederate flag (see video below). When told by police to descend and not remove the flag she responded, "In the name of Jesus, this flag has to come down. We come against hatred and oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today." After removing the flag she was immediately arrested and placed in custody. We applaud this nonviolent direct action and encourage the South Carolina legislature to vote to have the flag placed in a museum.
We also applaud Gov. Robert Bentley for having the Confederate flag removed from the Alabama state capitol grounds, Rep. Bennie Thompson for proposing legislation for the removal of all symbols of the Confederate flag from the U.S. House of Representatives, and the legislators who support removing the Confederate flag from the Mississippi flag.
Please contact your representatives and encourage them to remove all Confederate flags from all government property. They belong in museums, not in public, just like the swastika. #KeepItDown legislatively.
Also please consider reading "Let's Call White Supremacy By Its Proper Name."