I woke up this morning thinking it was going to be just another day, not realizing I would be completely overtaken by inspiration. This week has been amazing for America. The Trade Bill passed, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, and our President gave a historical Eulogy that pushed people away from talk and into action.
Civil disobedience is not something that I would encourage anyone to do, however I can’t lie and say that Bree Newsome civil disobedience didn’t serve as a pillar of hope and power. She climbed the flag pole in front of the state capital building in Charleston and took down the Confederate Flag. Even though it was put back up in minutes, she showed that woman have a part in this fight of racial equality that some may or may not believe is still going on today.
For me: I find it difficult to even talk about race in 2015 when I personally know too many people of other cultures and backgrounds that I love wholeheartedly. I thought mutual respect and love was something that we all learned how to do (at least, my generation learned how to do). But the reality is that hate still festers in America like mold that grows on dishes that someone neglected to clean. It doesn’t seem to brother anyone until is starts to smell, or until we realize that one dish we need is covered in the mold.
I got a reality check this morning when I posted this picture on Instagram with the following caption:
|“Sometimes it takes a woman to handle things… #freebree #Charleston #shero”|
I quickly got a response from a private account:
And here is my response to her:
I have never had any shame in being black. However, I never thought I would need to voice why the flag coming down by a young black woman was icon, or how the term “southern pride” should not synonymous with the symbol of the Confederate Flag. Today, I can say I won’t hide the fact that I think it is wrong that the Confederate Flag waves so proudly in front of government-funded buildings in the south. It took Bree Newsome’s actions today to help to realize that I can’t forget my history, nor can I passively accept such a symbol of “pride” that represents all the things are painful in my family’s past.
To me, Bree is a symbol of what we are all capable of doing…
She was arrested after taking down the flag and quoted the Lord’s Prayer while walking away in handcuffs. Bree Newsome is a shero to me because she is using her talents to make a difference. Even in some unconventional ways, she is still driving the conversation of change.
Here are a few things you need to know about her:
- She is a writer, director, singer, and activist
- She was arrested last year during a sit-in at the North Carolina State Capitol
- She won “Best Short Film” at the BET Urban World Film Film Festival in 2010 for her film “Wake”