Brother Malcolm told us that sometimes we need to get freedom, justice, and equality “by any means necessary,” and it looks like Bree Newsome took his words to heart.
After a weeklong call for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from the South Carolina statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston massacre, Newsome scaled the 30 foot flagpole at the Confederate soldiers memorial and snatched it down.
Newsome, who is a filmmaker and “freedom fighter,” was arrested along with a fellow South Carolinian activist James Ian Tyson. They’ve been charged with defacing a monument and are being held in a Charleston jail. Noted documentarian Michael Moore said he’ll cover her bail.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2015
Predictably, Black Twitter is all abuzz by Newsome’s brave actions, with many calling her a hero.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) June 27, 2015
— Malinda Williams (@MalinsWorld) June 27, 2015
I’m so happy for her gallant efforts and I now extend my prayers out to her for a quick bail hearing and to get out immediately #FreeBree
— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) June 27, 2015
— Charlene Carruthers (@CharleneCac) June 27, 2015
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) June 27, 2015
— britni danielle (@BritniDWrites) June 27, 2015
— Ol’ QWERTY Bastard (@TheDiLLon1) June 27, 2015
Interestingly, there’s a pro-Confederate flag rally happening in Charleston today despite South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s stance that the flag should come down.