For The Root Thursday I wrote a story about the stupid backlash online over Bree Newsome climbing a pole in South Carolina and taking down the Confederate flag and how the arguments used against her are the same arguments people always lob at activists (you did it for the fame/money/attention), because people don’t understand activism or the types of people drawn to it.
When Black Lives Matter activist Bree Newsome climbed the pole on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds and took down the Confederate flag, I had one of two thoughts.
Thought No. 1: That was amazing.
Thought No. 2: I hope people wait at least a few hours before they start their backlash.
A few hours. That’s all I wanted. Just a little moment to enjoy this bit of black girl greatness, climbing the Mount Everest of American issues—racism—and climbing back down relatively unscathed. Sure, she was arrested, as Newsome herself expected to be. But there were critics, clutching pearls, crying, “But oh my God, she broke the law,” almost instantly.