The Confederate Flag which flies over the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina was temporarily removed Saturday morning after a black woman felt that South Carolina lawmakers, even in their eureka moment of finally realizing the history of hate, fear mongering and racism behind the flag, were taking too long.

The black woman, identified as Bree Newsome climbed up 30 feet before officers guarding the flag asked her to come down. She did eventually, but not without the flag in her possession. She and a male companion who had both entered the wrought-iron fence that surrounds the flag were arrested.

The flag, which is protected by states rights, was later raised by officers a short time later. A rally in support of the Confederate flag was scheduled for later Saturday.

Newsome, a filmmaker and singer has seen her Twitter following skyrocket in the wake of her action against the flag and what it represents. The discussion of removal of the Confederate flag has grown in recent weeks following the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine dead in a racist hate crime.


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