Bree Newsome, a courageous, badass, and very athletic civil rights hero climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina statehouse and took down the symbol of treason to our country and oppression of so many of our fellow Americans.
While she was clinging to the pole with the flag in hand, Newsome shouted: ‘You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence.
‘I come against you in the name of God.
‘This flag comes down today.’
As she calmly descended the pole and lowered the flag into the waiting arms of police, Newsome said ‘the Lord is my light and my salvation’ and announced she was prepared to be arrested.
She is my hero.
She deserves the same respect as others who took down symbols of oppression and/or treason, for example the courageous Hungarians who toppled the statue of Lenin,
the jubilant people of Baghdad who pulled down the statue of Saddam,
the jubilant Germans who “tore down that wall,”
and even the patriots who tore down the statue of George III.
We didn’t put the statues of George III or Saddam back up, but they did put the Confederate flag back up — just in time for the pro-
treason flag rally later in the morning.
Thank God for Bree Newsome, for Jim Obergefell, and for so many others who see something that needs to be done and go do it.