Fearless woman takes down confederate flag in South Carolina

Last week marked a beautiful time in history. With the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage on a national scale, we witnessed some first-hand steps towards equality. But if there’s one thing that remains up for a change, it’s the legality of the Confederate Flag– an ongoing debate since its creation during the Civil War. Its reignited examination comes at a sensitive time, with a horrifying recent mass shooting at a Charleston South Carolina church last week.

This Saturday morning, Brittany (Bree) Newsome climbed a 30-foot flagpole outside the South Carolina State House and removed the Confederate flag. With her climbing gear, a helmet, and the assistance of James Tyson, the 30-year-old courageously cleared the pole halfway up, and was immediately commanded to come down. She proceeded to climb up to remove the flag, but upon descending her and Tyson were arrested with a charge of defacing a monument.

With a pro-Confederate battle rally scheduled later that day, the flag was raised up shortly after.

"We removed the flag today because we can’t wait any longer,” Bree Newsome said in a statement released to the media. She continued, “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 bold and fearless activist may have done this alone, but there is undoubtedly a world behind her in support. The world is watching Bree- we see you and we hear you! #Keepitdown

Photo via Chicago Tribune

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