This past Saturday morning North Carolina activist Bree Newsome climbed a 30 foot flag pole in Columbia, South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from in front of the state house.
Note: “Wonder Bree” Rebecca Cohen/http://rebeccacohenart.tumblr.com
Bree was arrested but released later that day. A crowdfunding campaign so far has collected over $116,000 to help with Bree’s legal fees.
Today Bree released a statement to Blue Nation Review which was posted by Goldie Taylor:
Now is the time for true courage.
I realized that now is the time for true courage the morning after the Charleston Massacre shook me to the core of my being. I couldn’t sleep. I sat awake in the dead of night. All the ghosts of the past seemed to be rising.
Not long ago, I had watched the beginning of Selma, the reenactment of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing and had shuddered at the horrors of history.
But this was neither a scene from a movie nor was it the past. A white man had just entered a black church and massacred people as they prayed. He had assassinated a civil rights leader. This was not a page in a textbook I was reading nor an inscription on a monument I was visiting.
This was now.
This was real.
This was—this is—still happening.
You can read her entire statement at Blue Nation Review.
Director Ava Duvernay has already tweeted her support for Bree and would like to direct a movie about this real black female superhero. Excellent idea.