Multiracial Group Of Teachers And Activists Take Down South Carolina Confederate Flag

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A multiracial group of teachers and activists did what the politicians haven’t. They took it upon themselves to act to remove the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol at 5:30 AM ET.

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In a statement, the diverse group said:

We are regular human beings, daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, Carolinians, educators, and activist —both black and white— who believe in the fundamental idea of humanity. The flag we removed is one of the most familiar remnants of white supremacy that supports the idea that there is still a reigning group of individuals who control our freedom, while tacitly supporting white Americans when they commit heinous and racially charged hate crimes against Blacks and People of Color. We took this task in our own hands because our, President, Governor, mayors, legislators, and councilmen had a moral duty to remove the flag but failed to act. We could not sit by and watch the victims of 6the Charleston Massacre be laid to rest while the inspiration for their deaths continue to fly above their caskets.

We call all people to join us and stand as a united front, to take an active role towards liberating ourselves through the dismantlement
of the largest form of our oppression, white supremacy. Let this day be the start towards true human progress.

The woman seen climbing the flagpole and removing the flag in the video above is named Bree Newsome and she explained why she felt the Confederate flag had to come down, “We removed the flag today because we can’t wait any longer. We can’t continue like this another day. It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality.”

The people took matters into their own hands and did what the politicians are dragging their feet on doing. While people around the country celebrated the Republicans in the South who have taken action to remove the flag, no Republican has committed to never flying the flag again. This is a strong signal that once the outrage over Charleston fades, some Republicans intend on restoring the flag.

Racial unity has taken down the Confederate flag. Hate and bigotry have suffered another defeat as an ordinary Americans have been moved by a horrific massacre to act where their calculating political leaders have failed.

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25 Replies to “Multiracial Group Of Teachers And Activists Take Down South Carolina Confederate Flag”

  1. That woman who took the flag down is a true hero and patriot. Hooray for her! It was a travesty to see that symbol of racism and slavery still flying near the state capitol. She should be hailed for what she did- not put in handcuffs. I’m almost surprised that the police didn’t shoot her when she was up on the pole, but thank God they didn’t.

  2. I felt the same way yesterday when I was watching our president give the eulogy at the service. These nine people will be buried and the confederate flag will still be waving over Charleston. Bree Newsome is a hero who did something South Carolina lawmaker were to cowardly to do and may have never gotten around to.

  3. For President Obama I would urge all of those people in
    South Carolina who obviously love him, to please make sure they vote and vote for a dem for the next president if they want to see Obamas policies continue.

  4. Re-raising that flag is a slap in the face to our constitution and the people it protects. May I suggest flaming arrows for the next take down? Moving up to a Saddam style pulling down of the whole flagpole?

  5. So that ugly flag is not about slavery…

    This is the first paragraph of SC’s secession from the union…hence the Civil War…

    Confederate States of America – Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union
    The people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, on the 26th day of April, A.D., 1852, declared that the frequent violations of the Constitution of the United States, by the Federal Government, and its encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States, fully justified this State in then withdrawing from the Federal Union; but in deference to the opinions and wishes of the other slaveholding States, she forbore at that time to exercise this right. Since that time, these encroachments have continued to increase, and further forbearance ceases to be a virtue.

    The link….http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/csa_scarsec.asp

    Now don’t shoot the messenger

  6. The Confederate Flag is the symbol of an enemy of the United States of America and its Constitution. What State would fly the swastika over its Capitol?

  7. Fitzlyd, I’m afraid you’re wrong. The Confederate Flag IS about Slavery.

    Please Read Up- http://www.civilwar.com/resources/313-flags/150182-confederate-flag-history.html

    The Stars and Bars as flown over way too many folks- wasn’t even adopted generally as a symbol of the South for a very long time.

    Beauregard’s Flag was only utilised (mostly) as a battle flag for a regiment or two at first.

    Also, like the provision constitution, the permanent Confederate Constitution dealt with slavery directly, not obliquely and by implication as in the U.S. Constitution. Clearly, the Confederate States of America was to be a slaveholders’ republic and felt no need to fudge that fact in its highest law.

    https://cwemancipation.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/slavery-in-the-permanent-constitution/

    The Racists of the South wish to rewrite history, don’t let them get away with it.

  8. …the hairy fluckers who flew this flag ATTACKED AND MADE WAR AGAINST THE USA…subsequent generations think that and slavery.{the keystone of the Souths economy} were juuust fine by them…it’s time TRUE Americans stand up and shout: “If treason is the heritage you wanna salute, LEAVE, and start a nation based on your anti-American, anti-Christian bullshiite!!! And take that fluckin’ flag with you!!!”

  9. UPDATE: Bree Newsome was released from jail yesterday and the state is throwing the book at her. She and Jimmy Tyson, the white ally supporting her from the ground, were both charged with “defacing monuments on state capitol grounds” and face up to 3 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. This follows a growing trend of prosecutors from Oakland to Baltimore and across the country overcharging people who take non-violent direct action in defense of Black lives.

  10. They were multi-ethnic. There is only one human race.

    Let’s stop using the political construct of race when there is substantial proof that it is a superficial and artificial model.

    We are all human and all part of the family of humanity.

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