Bree Newsome Climbs Flagpole To Remove Confederate Flag
Over the weekend a Black woman, in an act of planned civil disobedience, scaled the flagpole in front of the South Carolina statehouse and cut down the Confederate banner that has been the source of much debate in light of the horrific massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. church. A video of the action has been uploaded to YouTube.
Wearing climbing gear and a helmet, Bree Newsome climbed up the flagpole while police said “Ma’am, come down off the pole” and others shouted encouragement.
“You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence,” Newsome shouted from the top of the pole. “I come to do this in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”
She cut the flag from the top of the pole and climbed carefully down. Police arrested Newsome and put the flag back up before 8am.