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Activist arrested for removing Confederate flag speaks out

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 - 01:25

Bree Newsome, the woman who was arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House, is speaking out ahead of a crucial state Senate vote. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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As the South Carolina Senate readies for a final vote on whether to remove the Confederate flag from State House grounds... ...the woman who took it upon herself to take it down it on June 27th is speaking out. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTIVIST BREE NEWSOME SAYING: "All that we did was the exact same thing that Governor Nikki Haley had called for, that President Obama had call for. The only argument, the only difference, was really in time." Only months ago, calls to remove the Confederate flag -- seen by many as a symbol of slavery -- was deemed a non-starter. But then came the massacre at a Charleston church on June 17. Nine African-Americans were shot to death during Bible study. Photos of the white man charged in the shooting showed him posing with the Confederate flag. Newsome says it should have no place on State House grounds. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTIVIST BRITTANY NEWSOME SAYING: "The Confederate flag and the Confederacy and what that represents -- it's not all of the South and it's not all the heritage of the South. It's one particular heritage, which is the heritage of racial oppression and hate." The bill to remove the flag passed a Senate reading Monday by a 37-3 margin. Then it goes to the House of Representatives and could be approved as early as Thursday. As for Newsome, she's due in court in late July for her role in removing the flag.

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Activist arrested for removing Confederate flag speaks out

Tuesday, July 07, 2015 - 01:25