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Woman takes down Confederate flag on S.C. Statehouse grounds just hours before pro-flag rally (video)

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Woman takes down Confederate flag on S.C. Statehouse grounds just hours before pro-flag rally (video)
My commentary before the article.

Shouldn't a country wide discussion take place before a piece our country's history and heritage (representing the confederate flag) is to be removed from poles or expunged in the marketplace?

This "discussion" could expand to some finer points such as how this country became unified as one nation. It is the ying and yang which makes the whole. The flag does not mean hatred, but the struggle that this country went through so that we may cross bridges and call ourselves Americans.

Something to consider:
He was a born winner, this Robert E. Lee. Except for once. In the greatest contest of his life, in the war beween the South and the North, Robert E. Lee lost.

Now there were men who came with smouldering eyes to Lee and said: "Let's not accept this result as final. Let's keep our anger alive. Let's be grim and unconvinced, and wear our bitterness like a medal. You can be our leader in this."

But Lee shook his head at those men. "Abandon your animosities," he said, "and make your sons Americans."

And what did he do himself when his war was lost? He took a job as president of a tiny college, with forty students and four profes- sors, at a salary of $1500 a year. He had commanded thousands of young men in battle. Now he wanted to prepare a few hun- dred of them for the duties of peace. So the countrymen of Robert E. Lee saw how a born winner loses, and it seemed to them that in defeat he won his most lasting victory.

There is an art of losing, and Robert E. Lee is its finest teacher. In a democracy, where opposing viewpoints regularly meet for a test of ballots, it is good for all of us to know how to lose occasionally, how to yield peacefully, for the sake of freedom. Lee is our master in this. The man who fought against the Union showed us what unity means.
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COLUMBIA — A Charlotte woman successfully shimmied the flagpole of the South Carolina Statehouse’s Confederate Soldier Monument and took down the Confederate battle flag.

Bree Newsome, 30, dressed in climbing gear and helmet, removed the flag just after 6 a.m., about four hours before a pro-Confederate flag rally was set to take place at the monument.

Newsome and James Ian Tyson, 30, also of Charlotte, were arrested by Department of Public Safety officers as soon as Newsome touched the ground. The two were later charged with defacing a monument. Tyson was inside the wrought iron fence surrounding the 30-foot pole helping Newsome, DPS said.

A judge later set the bond for the two of them at $3,000. If convicted, they could spend up to three years in jail and pay a fine of up to $5,000.

The flag was down for about an hour before it was replaced with a new one, said DPS Spokeswoman Sherri Iacobelli.

The group of activists, which includes a few members of the Black Lives Matter movement, that helped organize the climb said in a release that it was an effort “to do what the SC legislature has thus far neglected to do.”

Since the mass killing of nine churchgoers in Charleston, the state has been under fire for flying the Confederate battle flag on Statehouse grounds. On Tuesday, lawmakers voted to allow discussion of removing the flag during a special session, although it is unlikely that will occur before July 6.
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