Now this is civil disobedience!
Brittany Newsome and James Tyson are facing criminal charges after they removed the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds Saturday morning in Columbia, South Carolina — and video of their activism has been posted online!
Newsome — the climber — and her accomplice Tyson, both 30-years-old, are being charged with defacing a monument, which is a misdemeanor in South Carolina. The flag was replaced within an hour.
In the video, Newsome very calmly talks with officers as she repels down the flag pole, and is taken into custody with no struggle, having pulled the symbol of racism and hate off its perch to send a message.
In a separate written statement, Newsome explained:
“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.”
South Carolina, of course, is at the center of a controversy surrounding the Confederate flag after a racist terrorist attacked a historic black church in Charleston earlier this month.
Activists and politicians have been calling on the Palmetto State to remove the flag from their statehouse grounds, and Newsome finally took it upon herself!
Ch-ch-check out the awesome and beautiful YouTube video (below) of Newsome removing the Confederate flag:
[Image via YouTube.]