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Mass murder at church in Charleston, SC, and the aftermath

Part 6 of 11:
Remarks about the Confederate flag
(aka rebel flag). Advocate removes the
rebel flag & is arrested. Reactions.

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2015-JUN-24: "Is it time for the Confederate flag to be as taboo as the Nazi swastika?:

Whoopi Goldberg, appearing on ABC's The View on Monday, discussed the Confederate flag flying in front of the South Carolina State House. She said:

"It would be like having the swastika flag flying on your next-door neighbor". If [the Confederate flag] continues to fly, the statement that’s being made … is that ‘We miss this really crappy part of history'."

Ishaan Tharoor, writing for the Washington Post, said:

""A darker emblem looms over the heated conversation about a controversial American symbol. To hammer home how problematic the continued state-sanctioned tolerance of the Confederate battle flag is in parts of the United States, some have drawn comparisons to the infamous banner of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany. ..."

"... the growing backlash against the Confederate flag does suggest that, a century and a half later, Americans are finally accepting what Goldberg and many others believe it has represented all along: not heritage, nor pride, nor a badge of Southern identity, but a regime of white supremacists who went to war against the Union in order to preserve the inhuman institution of slavery.

That's a legacy and ideology that does not deserve to be honored by government institutions in the 21st century. And it's in that sense where the comparison to the Nazi swastika is most apt." 1

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2015-JUN-27: Bree Newsome takes down the Confederate Flag at the South Carolina State Capitol:

A group called #KeepitDown is advocating that the Confederate flag / rebel flag be removed from its current location beside the South Carolina Confederate Monument in front of the S.C. State House. A member of the group, identified as Bree Newsome on Twitter, decided to take matters into her own hands. She climbed up the 30 foot flag poll, removed the flag, climbed down the pole, and was immediately arrested. 2


The You Tube video was viewed by more than 250,000 times by 7 PM EDT on JUN-27. It ends with a beautiful sight: a plain flagpole with no flag.

She issued a statement saying:

"We can’t wait any longer. We can’t continue like this another day. It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality.

The campaign has issued a statement referring to the flag as:

"... a symbol of white supremacy that inspired the [church] massacre. ... [It] flew in defiance of everyone working to actualize a more equitable Carolinian future. ... We took this task in our own hands because our President, Governor, mayors, legislators, and councilmen had a moral duty to remove the flag but failed to act. We could not sit by and watch the victims of the Charleston Massacre be laid to rest while the inspiration for their deaths continue to fly above their caskets.

woman removing flag 3
Advocate climbing down the pole.

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Saunders Dixon IV posted a comment to the Think Progress article, saying:

"She could not have done better. She could have thrown the flag down from the top of the pole, (which I would have understood, as a gesture), but she removed it and carried it down. It was not allowed to touch the ground. It was done as a proper removal. Justice was done, with respect to those who will not understand why it was necessary.

It was necessary, and it was done, by someone who was tired of waiting. I admire this act and this woman.

Timothy Laurent posted:

"As someone who lives in the deep south, I say GO GIRL! it's about time this piece of trash is tossed in the garbage can of history."

Sally Beth Edelstein posted:

"Go Bree! The glory days of the Old South may have been mythologized in countless movies and books but to those living under Jim Crow there was no doubting the symbolism of the Confederate flag. When the flag was adopted by Dixiecrats -- the segregationist [group] that formed to oppose the civil rights platform of the Democrats in 1948 -- it solidified it as a banner for white supremacy." 2

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Ishaan Tharoor, "Is it time for the Confederate flag to be as taboo as the Nazi swastika?," Washington Post, 2015-JUN-24, at:
  2. Ari Phillips, "Sick Of Waiting, Woman Takes Down South Carolina Confederate Flag Herself," Think Progress, 2015-JUN-27, at:
  3. "#KeepItDown Confederate Flag Takedown," You Tube, 2015-JUN-27, at:
  4. "South Carolina House Approves Bill to Remove Confederate Flag," ABC News, 2015-JUL-09, at:
  5. Chris Sosa, "South Carolina Senate Votes to Remove Confederate Battle Flag," Care1, 2015-JUL-06, at:
  6. Alan Blinder, "South Carolina voes to remove divisive flag," The Globe and Mail, 2-15=JUL-07, at:
  7. Jeffrey Collins, "South Carolina House approves bill removing Confederate flag," Yahoo! News, 2015-JUL-09, at:
  8. Viewed live on CNN by the author.

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Copyright © 2015 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published: 2015-JUN-27
Last updated 2015-JUL-09
Author: Bruce A Robinson
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