You guys. This woman is awesome.
You know when you have to do something really scary and confrontational and brave and you just wish you had some magic wand you could wave to make it all go away but it won’t because dammit you’re an adult and you should be able to do scary and brave things? And so you channel that inner voice to cheer you on and give you the strength that you didn’t think you had and then all of a sudden you’re doing that thing you didn’t think you could do? She’s that voice. Only her actions meant risking her personal safety (and I’m not talking about the dangers of climbing flag poles). Imagine how many backwards-thinking, white people (who still think they have a chance at winning the Civil War) she pissed off with that one action? Bravery, personified.
Bree Newsome is the woman who scaled the flag pole and single-handedly removed the confederate flag. She is the physical manifestation of someone reaching their breaking point. Of course, she was arrested for her actions. She was prepared to go to jail. But not before her name was known and her picture was shared around the country and around the world. This woman is BAD. ASS.
I realize this event happened last week, so perhaps I’m a little late to the table. But the fact that there’s a debate going on today in South Carolina about the proposed removal of the confederate flag made me think of her and how she left her mark in our history books.
And her tweets yesterday and today? Perfection.
If your loyalty to a flag is stronger than your empathy for another human being, you've made an idol of that flag.
— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) July 7, 2015
Danger of not knowing history is we fall for illusion that how it is is how it always was, that we don't shape the future w/ our choices
— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) July 8, 2015