After Flag Is Torn Down, SC Has Black Worker Quickly Replace It Ahead Of Confederate Pride Rally

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, and this case maybe even a great deal more.

After a fed-up woman took it upon herself to scale the flag pole carrying South Carolina’s Confederate flag and tear it down, state employees rushed to get the symbol of hate back up and flapping in the wind. They needed to do it quickly because they had a deadline. A scheduled “Confederate flag pride” rally was scheduled in just a few hours. In a tonally deaf act, they instructed a black state employee to raise the flag back up so the ralliers wouldn’t be upset.

Early this morning an African-American woman identified as Bree Newsome strapped on some climbing gear, climbed the flag pole like a pro, and pulled down the flag, ignoring increasingly panicked screams from law enforcement on the ground. Sitting at the top, Newsome shouted, “You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence.” Adding: “I come to do this in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”

She was arrested for her bold act of civil disobedience, but many wondered whether South Carolina would simply leave the flag down. After all, even the state’s governor, Nikki Haley, said it was time to remove the thing for good.

Instead, state workers rushed to get it back up as soon as possible.

Many on social media picked up on the surreal nature of asking an African-American employee to hoist up a flag that literally symbolizes the desire to see him in bondage.

The message behind the flag’s continued existence on state grounds is that many in South Carolina really don’t care about the feelings of their African-American fellow Caroliners.

Not that the rally attendees would admit to that, the focus was on “heritage” but we have to wonder, “What heritage exactly?”

In video taken at the rally, dozens of Confederate flags waved – all of them carried by white people. At one point a black man confronts the group and points out that the flag represents a time when black people were kept as slaves and a war was fought to keep them that way. The protesters shout vague retorts about “Southern pride” and “heritage.” One man, finding himself with nothing to say, gets flustered and just walks away mid-conversation.

Another man tells the same black man to “go back to where you came from.” His response is classic: “I am where I came from.”

As many have noted in recent weeks, the Confederate flag wasn’t just used by the Charleston shooter to symbolize white supremacy, that’s been its legacy from the very beginning. During the Civil War, a war fought to preserve slavery in the South, the flag was a treasonous gesture that the United States no longer held the power to tell the Confederate states how to run their region or which people they were allowed to own. In the 20th century, the flag evolved into the symbol of Jim Crow segregation. In a “coincidence” that should fool nobody, the flag gained new popularity just as the Civil Rights movement began gaining ground.

So let’s ask ourselves the question once more: What heritage exactly? What is the flag meant to “honor”? Now let’s take it down.

Feature image via Twitter