Activist Bree Newsome Arrested After Taking Down Confederate Flag

Brittany "Bree" Newsome is arrested after taking down the Confederate battle flag in the South Carolina capitol.

Going Down

This Saturday morning, Brittany “Bree” Newsome took a visit to the South Carolina State Capitol in Columbia with one goal in mind. Equipped with hiking gear, she began climbing the flagpole and took down the Confederate battle flag. With her was another activist, James Tyson, dressed in a bright traffic safety vest.

Shortly after, Newsome was arrested by State Capitol officers and taken away in handcuffs. At this time she also became a trending topic on Twitter(NYSE:TWTR), a national hero, and the concern of a fundraiser online.

The two 30 year old activists were charged with misdemeanor and defacing a monument according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. A new flag was raised in around an hour as well.

Newsome’s courageous acts did not go unheard, and it caught the eyes of various figures such as Filmmaker Michael Moore and movement group ColorofChange. Moore had offered to pay the bail, as well as all legal fees that Newsome would face. ColorofChange also set up a petition to drop all charges on the activist. Other celebrities had also shared pictures of the incident and cheered Newsome on. #FreeBree became a trending topic on Twitter with 229,000 tweets and surpassing the the topic #LoveWins for the day.


Bree Newsome being helped out of her hiking gear, before she was arrested.

The fundraiser for Bree Newsome has surpassed its goal of $20,000, reaching $46,000 with 1,860 donors.

The Ongoing Battle

This is not the first time the Confederate battle flag has raised commotion. In 1962 the Confederate flag was raised over the State House commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the war. However, during this time period, the civil rights movements was taking gaining support. The flag stayed in its place for almost 40 years, until it was later replaced next to a monument of a soldier.

Opponents of the Confederate flag were still not content with this compromise. Their efforts were not enough however to completely remove the flag.

This quickly changed on June 17, when nine African American people who met at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were murdered. The shooter’s motives for the attack were made evident when a racist document was found on a website. Along with it were 60 photos of Dylan Roof, with multiple pictures of him promoting the Confederate flag.

Newsome commented on a group #BlackLivesMatter by saying “It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality.”

“We can’t continue like this another day”. she later said.


49 COMMENTS

  1. The later picture of the older black male town worker having to hoist it back up is priceless. I could care less about the flag but I do appreciate the irony. As to the charges filed against her, hopefully they stick (if she was honorable she would plead guilty).

    • Let’s see.
      a White Cliven Bundy can

      1. steal over 1 million dollars from the taxpayer…

      2. refuse to obey a court order to repay the money he stole…

      3. block an interstate highway for 2 hours in both directions…and

      4. point guns at the police and threaten to shoot any of them who came
      to remove his illegally grazing cattle from land that wasn’t his
      property.

      And not be punished, jailed or fined….

      But a black girl who takes down the confederate flag get’s the book thrown at her.

      Please explain to me how American Justice system works. Because I don’t understand it.

      • It is still an improvement on the part of the L E O. I am surprised that she wasn’t even shot while on the pole with flimsy excuses like” she resisted arrest, she was running away & my live was in danger”.By the way Bree was right. Some people are just tired of ” Kumbaya”, ” We shall overcome” and all that nonsense. I didn’t see European head of state at the funeral or making any comment to denounce this act as they did when similar thing happened in France. The perpetrator was of European origin! No! No the victims, including a state senator were blacks! Black life really doesn’t matter to them at all. What a shame!

        • would have been more likely that she fell off the pole and injured herself during her publicity stunt and then would have sued the town for having an unsafe pole. Just like Sharpton’s daughter that is suing NYC for 5 million dollars for tripping on an uneven sidewalk but then is dumb enough to post pictures of herself overseas hiking a tourist attraction. Google that story for a laugh

      • I can only explain the problems with your list of 4 items…
        1) Can’t be stealing if he didn’t actually pay. He has been in court for years contesting why he has to pay a grazing fee. You can say he is a dead beat for not paying, but that is not the same as “stealing”
        2) as is normal. all finding of a lower court are automatically on hold during the appeal process until a higher court upholds the lower court’s findings. Any law suit runs like that.
        3) Cliven Bundy did not block any highway. all the other people that drove down to his ranch were the ones blocking the highway. Put the blame where it should be.
        4) Again, C.B. was not the one pointing the guns at law enforcement, that was all on the others that showed up in his support.
        He certainly is being fined, his legal problem with the grazing fees is not over. The gov’t will get the upper hand at some point. And they did try to identify some of the gun pointers for prosecution but I do not recall how that went. I believe some people did get visits from law enforcement over the gun pointing issue after the event.

        The overall answer though is because the local law enforcement got the job done at the pole, where as the feds under Obamas control failed at the C.B. ranch. That is the real final answer.

        • YOU SAY: Can’t be stealing if he didn’t actually pay. He has been in court for years contesting why he has to pay a grazing fee. You can say he is a
          dead beat for not paying, but that is not the same as “stealing”

          MY RESPONSE:

          DEFINITION OF STEALING: taking (another person’s property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it.

          Black Actor Wesley Snipes spent three years in jail for failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2001
          Yet white Cliven Bundy is
          1.illegally grazing his cattle on taxpayer property.
          2. He does not have permission or legal right to do that.
          3. And he says he “will not pay the money he owes the federal government”

          THAT IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF STEALING.

          YOU SAY: as is normal. all finding of a lower court are automatically on hold
          during the appeal process until a higher court upholds the lower court’s
          findings. Any law suit runs like that.

          MY RESPONSE: Bundy doesn’t care about upper courts or lower courts. Bundy said: “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing.”

          In 1998, Bundy was prohibited by the United States District Court for the District of Nevada from grazing his cattle on an area of land later called the Bunkerville Allotment. In July 2013, the BLM complaint was supplemented when federal judge Lloyd D. George ordered that Bundy refrain from trespassing on federally administered land in the Gold Butte area of Clark County.

          YOU SAY: Cliven Bundy did not block any highway. all the other people that drove down to his ranch were the ones blocking the highway. Put the blame where it should be.

          MY RESPONSE: Yes. And Hitler, Himmler and Goebbels didn’t murder any Jews either. It was “All the prison guards who ran the concentration camps” Put the blame where it should be

          Wikipedia: After the BLM announced a suspension of the roundup, Bundy suggested blocking a highway. Armed protesters blocked a portion of Interstate 15 for more than two hours, causing traffic backups for three miles in both directions

          YOU SAY: Again, C.B. was not the one pointing the guns at law enforcement, that was all on the others that showed up in his support.

          MY RESPONSE: Once again…Hitler didn’t attack, shoot, or bomb anyone. It was all all those corporals and prison guards. Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo are ALL INNOCENT. They had desk jobs. They never shot or gassed anyone

          ALSO….If it is true ” that it was all on the others that showed up in his support.” (as you say)

          Please tell me how many of those ” other white people who showed up in his support and who pointed guns at police” are behind bars right now????
          Cause, if they were blacks…they’d either be dead or in a prison cell by now.

          • I have a double standard?? U are trying to compare a cowboy rancher to the crew responsible for ww2?

            And as I said correctly the outcome of the C.B. raid is a direct result of the incompetence of the federal government.

            And as to “taking someone’s “property””It was grass, growing in the middle of no where, being eaten by cows!!!

            Grass. What is it for? Was it being saved up by the gov’t for an investments? That’s the whole thing you are bent about? cows eating your tax payer “share” of grass being eaten unfairly by some cows?

            With all the other wastes of govt spending our tax dollars, or of all the other problems in the world, you choose be worried about your fair share of grass growing for no other use.

            HAHAHAHAH you are a joke.

          • YOU SAY: “U are trying to compare a cowboy rancher to the crew responsible for ww2?”

            MY COMMENT: You were the one who advanced the principle that as long as Cliven Bundy didn’t lift a finger…and had his supporters doing his bidding. Therefore HE bears no responsibility or guilt.

            Now apply that same principle to Hitler and see how it works. See?
            Hitler can rightly claim that he didn’t gas or shoot a single Jew. It was “other people” who supported him who did all the killing. “Put the blame where it belongs” (you say)

            YOU SAY “And as to “taking someone’s “property””It was grass, growing in the middle of no where, being eaten by cows!!!”

            MY COMMENT: So …. you think you can appropriate any property for your personal use just because it only has “grass growing on it in the middle of no where being eaten by cows”.

            Please cite the law that says any undeveloped property is ripe for the taking.

      • Sorry I forgot a few things…
        Several black protests have shut down streets and highways. They were allowed to do it.
        One guy stood on top of a car and said ” burn it to the ground” he wasn’t charged. He claimed he was just a little emotional???
        How many millions of dollars of damage done with fires, merchandise looted??? Tax payers are going to pay for that one way or another. Kinda really takes the sting out of your argument when the other side was using the same tactics eh
        If she believes in her cause then she will wear the arrest like an honor. Just like C.B. did. He has a family operated ranch for over 100 years in that area. He believes the public land should be open for free grazing. Not much of a radical and I don’t know about the politics of farming but hey people pick their battles or causes.

        • ” Just like C.B. did. He has a family operated ranch for over 100 years in that area. He believes the public land should be open for free grazing.”

          Please explain to me why a White man who thinks “blacks would be better off as slaves” can point a gun at policemen, threaten to shoot them for enforcing THE LAW….and then becomes a national hero????

          1. FOX news calls him an American Patriot, and
          2. The Tea Party invites him to speak at their rallies in Elko in September 2014.
          3. White Americans say things like “He has a family operated ranch for over 100 years in that area. He believes the public land should be open for free grazing.” (so that justifies stealing money from the taxpayers, refusing to obey a court order, blocking a freeway AND POINTING GUNS AT POLICE WHO ARE TRYING TO ENFORCE THE LAW AND THREATENING TO SHOOT THEM

          Over a year later HE’S STILL RUNNING AROUND A FREE MAN and giving TV interviews .

          Please explain to me why YOU THINK black people who steal and loot are’THUGS WHO DESERVE TO BE ARRESTED OR SHOT”

          …..BUT white people who steal even bigger amounts, and threaten law officers with DEATH are just “good folks” who “have a family operated ranch for over 100 years in that area and believes the public land should be open for free grazing…….AND SHOULDN’T BE ARRESTED OR SHOT

      • You also forgot that Cliven Bundy tried to pay the Bureau of Land Management grazing fees as his family had for decades, but it refused to accept payment.
        He did not steal over a million dollars from taxpayers. That is nonsense.

      • The nation is full of scamming cheaters, but the bottom line of pulling the Confederate Flag is to reduce the number of black deaths by racists. How many black (and/or white, yellow, or green) people did Cliven Bundy shoot? How many black (or white) people have been killed by white racists, skinheads, etc over the past year? How many “unjustifiably” killed by “heavy-handed” police officers over the past year? I really don’t know, but it’s not in news everyday… But how many black people (criminals, victims, and innocent bystanders) have been killed in our nation’s urban areas by black punks (generally between ages 15 and 30) shooting at each other every day and night? … about 13 per day, and 5000 per year.. or 130 since the Charleston racist shot the 9 (may those good people Rest in Peace).

        Do what you want, but keep priorities straight if you want to make a positive difference.

  2. I love the choice of words in the PC press…. “activist”. What are the escaped murderer convicts (now just one) called, “self-freed, formerly incarcerated victims of unjust societal law”?

    • Well, if Fox news can call a White Cliven Bundy a “patriot” for

      1. stealing over 1 million dollars from the taxpayer…

      2. refusing to obey a court order to repay the money he stole…

      3. blocking an interstate highway for 2 hours in both directions…and

      4. pointing guns at the police and threaten to shoot any of them who came to remove his illegally grazing cattle from land that wasn’t his property.

      then ACTIVIST isn’t such a bad word

      • actually it is more like, when a black mayor in a black city can tell the police to stand down and ” give those who want to destroy room to destroy”, then a weak fed force can go down to the middle of nowhere and get their butts handed to them by a random group of road trippers that happened to outgun the feds.

    • Actually they are just scientists trying an experiment from the movie. The are just trying to see if it would really work.

  3. Leave it up to some arrogant activist to besmirch the moving way the congregation of the Episcopal Methodist church made the point. The way in which this church handled this changed hearts and minds about the flag. They made people WANT to bring down the flag. This activist behavior is self destructive because all it does is harden hearts to their old positions. This was not only arrogant, it was stupid, selfish and counter -productive. I question her intelligence or her motive. The flag is offensive and no doubt, should come down but the way in which it is handled matters. This is an opportunity to bring us closer together so It should be done in a way that brings us together and not divide us further.

    • Well, I guess if a White Cliven Bundy can

      1. steal over 1 million dollars from the taxpayer…

      2. refuse to obey a court order to repay the money he stole…

      3. block an interstate highway for 2 hours in both directions…and

      4. point guns at the police and threaten to shoot any of them who came
      to remove his illegally grazing cattle from land that wasn’t his
      property.

      And not be punished, jailed or fined….

      Then a black girl taking down the Confederate Flag isn’t such a big deal

      • That’s twice with the same comment. We get your drift and if all you can do is repeat your comment, then just run along. I think I hear your mommy calling you.

      • Funny how you ignore the FACT that he tried and tried and tried to comply with the law and the BLM. For decades.

        Ultimately to find out that the BLM didn’t want him in compliance.

        Oh, and by the way, if you look at the law he could have claimed “homestead” rights on the land, if the BLM had allowed it (yes THEY circumvented federal law).

        Oh, I am curious; what gives you the right to decide the priorities for enforcement of the law? “A” breaking the law is OK, but “B” breaking the law is bad. Are you serious? Discriminate much? (Rhetorical – the answer is obvious).

  4. It is important to keep in mind that many of those in the south who love this type of flag are married to their sisters, only have one tooth, never went beyond 2nd grade, wear a coon-skin hat and carry a musket while saying Ya’ll to anything, urinate on their own front porch and take a dump in a can so they can dry it an burn it later. Of course they want their flag.

    • Obviously you know absolutely NOTHING about the South or the good people who live here. I grew up in Chicago and after military service settled in and spent the last 43 years living in Louisiana because of the stringent anti-freedom laws that the sheeple there allow. Your comment shows that you have VERY little intelligence and that you are just as stupid and racist as any white supremacist is about Black folks. I would really like to meet you f2f so I could teach you some manners.

    • I live in Georgia, and I wish your funny response were true. They’re educated and know exactly what they are doing. That’s way scarier than your scenario. And even scarier is they’ll do anything to stay in charge.

    • How do you know the tooth brush was invented in Alabama?
      Because if it was invented in any other state it would have been called the “teeth brush”

  5. Couple of important lessons to be learned here:

    1 – Another example of the entitlement mentality, with no regard for the law.

    2 – A lot of people seem to believe it is just fine to “blot out” the representation of a culture they actually know nothing about.

    But I sure wouldn’t like it be around if the tide gets turned on them. For instance; African Americans. Let’s forcibly remove “African” and just call them Americans or illegal aliens. Lets remove every dime of taxpayer funds that pay for or subsidize in any way Black History Month” And watch the cities burn to the ground overnight . . .

    You know for all the press coverage about how the flag is a sign of “racial hatred and oppression” I have yet to see any of these places spend words pointing out that a significant number of FREE black men and women VOLUNTARILY fought under that flag.

    Ain’t that something . . .

  6. I’ m a little slow on the up-take here. If the flag comes down, this will prevent psychopaths from killing black people? is that correct?

  7. Yes, that’s right, blame the flag. You morons in the PC crowd have gone too far with this. If it wasn’t so sad, your lack of intelligence and lack of knowledge of history would be funny. Taking down a flag to appease 14% of the population and trying to erase history is as stupid and racist as anything I’ve seen yet.

    • Seems you are the moron who holds on to a losers history…a piece of history this country should be ashamed of with that one tooth, coon skin cap, love muh sister/wife mentality. NO one is trying to erase history…just erase your bigoted hate. You probably hate illegals too and considering that your ancestors came here illegally and murdered women and children while stealing Native land probably makes you real proud too. You are pathetic. Your lack of intelligence and lack of knowledge of history is not even close to being funny…moron.

  8. The Confederate flag is the flag of the Democrat party.
    Every state that fought to KEEP slavery was Democrat.

    • Except now the Confederates are Republicans! They switched sides since the 1800s. Both parties have flip flopped from what they originally were about.

      • Prove it. Show what page in American history that can verify your claim.
        That was a rumor that started by a Democrat, David Duke, of the KKK.

      • Both Clintons and Obama have used the Confederate battle flag in their campaign materials while pandering for Southern votes.
        In 1860 the only national party was the Democratic party and it had been split by the Stephen Douglas (D IL) campaign for president. The Republican party was a purely sectional party. It had no constituency in the South by design.
        The states did NOT fight to KEEP slavery. Lincoln repeatedly promised the Confederate states he would not interfere with slavery if they would just return to the Union. He said he had no authority to do anything about slavery.
        The Confederate states fought because they had been invaded. They fought to defend their right to independence. The North had been hostile to the South for decades. It had turned violent against the South since the mid 1850’s. In 1860 it became clear the South had lost control in D.C. which it had for most of the preceding 80 years. The South feared being subjugated, and rightly so, inside a Union where it was already receiving unequal treatment. That is why the states fought.

        • Uh. No, Pappy. The South was NOT invaded by the North. South Carolina fired the first shots against Federal (not Northern) troops. And YES, every single state that seceded mentioned slavery as one of their primary motives for doing so. The designers of the Confederate flags, William T. Thompson and William Porcher Miles, duly noted that they were in fact, representations of white supremacy.

    • So, this is how someone acts who has been dealt such a sh*tty hand from the gene pool that all they can do is hate and put down others in a sad attempt to feel better about the hand that life dealt them.

    • Hahaha…..dudes get so worked up when you call them the n word, thought i was gone say something crazy. Ooops

  9. These people are a disgrace to America, hoodlums and thugs roaming the streets of this great country, looking for a handout and got the audacity to complain about that beautiful flag.

  10. She isn’t an activist. She is a vandal.
    General Benjamin Butler hanged William Mumford for doing something similar with the U.S. flag.

  11. THANK YOU BREE NEWSOME!!! This is awesome!!. Most of the 150 (reported) black-on-black shootings in our nation’s urban areas EVERY DAY should end now that this flag is down. We can soon look forward to seeing photos of kids playing ball, and riding bikes and trikes, on neighborhood streets without concern of getting hit by stray bullets. To do more to end racism, we should next ban the sale of white sheets and copies of “Gone with the Wind”. Or maybe it would be better to spend the same amount of time and effort PUSHING HARD with St. Louis’s “We Must Stop Killing Each Other” campaign.

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