Activist Bree Newsome Speaks

Bree Newsome being apprehended TWITTER
Bree Newsome being apprehended

Bree Newsome, the woman who became renowned after scaling the flag pole on South Carolina capitol grounds to remove the Confederate flag has released her first full statement since the ordeal, where she was arrested and later released on bail.

Titled with the rallying cry ‘Now is the time for courage,’ the detailed statement tells of Newsome’s journey as an activist up to the very moment that prompted her to don climbing gear and take down the flag on her own.

Newsome opens with the massaacre in Charleston, S.C., where accused murderer Dylann Storm Roof opened fire at an Emanuel AME prayer meeting, killing nine people including state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who was also the church’s pastor.

“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,” Newsome wrote, reflecting. “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.”

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Source: The Root | 

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