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Early on Saturday morning, filmmaker, musician, activist and self-described ‘freedom fighter’ Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina State House and removed the Confederate Flag that flies there and is at the center of intense controversy in the wake of a shooting at a predominantly African-American church in Charleston that left nine dead. Newsome was promptly arrested, but social media erupted with applause for the bold maneuver and outrage that she was detained. She was charged with “defacing a monument” and was later released on bond. On Monday, Newsome released a written statement calling for “true courage” and addressing her supporters and her critics. “I removed the flag not only in defiance of those who enslaved my ancestors in the southern United States, but also in defiance of the oppression that continues against black people globally in 2015,” she wrote. “To all those who might label me an ‘outside agitator,’ I say to you that humanitarianism has no borders. I am a global citizen.”
Read the full statement at Blue Nation Review.