Social activist Bree Newsome became a hero after fearlessly climbing up a flag pole to boldly take down the Confederate flag that hung in front of the South Carolina state capitol building.
The activist recently launched her own GoFundMe page for assistance paying for her legal fees, and her total is already at a whopping $122,000. The heroic activist recently sat down with GMA to explain why she had to remove the symbol of what she feels represents racial hatred.
Bree Newsome, the woman who climbed a flagpole and removed a Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol, said she wanted to help America reconcile with its racist past.
“I just felt very strongly that we needed that moment to say enough is enough,” Newsome said in an edited interview on Good Morning America Thursday. “We want an end to the hate.”
Newsome, 30, was arrested Saturday after using a harness to climb up the Columbia grounds 30-foot flagpole as officers yelled for her to come down. She was handcuffed alongside James Tyson, a 30-year-old activist who held the pole to make sure she did not fall.
Although two black workers were forced to re-fly the flag less than an hour later, Newsome said she accomplished her goal.
“A lot of people have been inspired by that moment,” she said.
Social media users rallied around Newsome and her cause, catapulting #FreeBree to the top trending topic on Twitter as people like Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and New York City First Lady Chirlaine McCray spoke out about the importance of her deed. Supporters have raised more than $122,000 for her legal defense as filmmaker Michael Moore pledged to cover the expenses. She will be represented by State House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford.
Leaders like President Obama and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley have called for the removal of the Confederate flag following the June 17 slaughter of nine black churchgoers allegedly by white supremacist Dylann Roof.
Officials in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala., have proposed moving Confederate monuments off public property in response to the Charleston shooting.
“You cannot get to me with hatred and oppression and violence,” Newsome shouted from the top of the pole Saturday. “I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today.”