Secessionist group plans to 'flag CofC' during Bree Newsome talk
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
Claiming the College of Charleston "has stooped to a new low in the culture war," the South Carolina Secessionist Party is calling on supporters to help "flag" the school on Wednesday.
That's when Bree Newsome, the woman arrested in 2015 for climbing a now-removed flagpole and Statehouse grounds and removing a Confederate Flag, is set to discuss her actions in a lecture titled "Tearing Hatred From the Sky."
Her lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Sottile Theatre on George Street. The College has plans to set up a designated protest area.
"This attempt to legitimize crime, validate violence, and normalize vandalism cannot be unanswered. We invite everyone to join us outside the theatre in a show of solidarity with the 20,000+ Confederate Soldiers who died defending the College that now insults them," the post reads.
Her talk will focus on how direct action leads to change.
While Newsome was arrested the day she removed the flag, the charges were later dropped.
Over the weekend, the secessionist group called on people to fly the Confederate Flag in places around Charleston. The flags, mostly flown on parking garages, were met with protests.
Newsome responded on Twitter by saying, "To counter protesters love and light. To the others: a parking garage is a poor substitute for the dome of the capitol, isn't it?"
City officials also chastised the secessionist group for putting the flag on city property and called the flags flying there a misuse of resources.
"Obviously, the misuse of city garages to fly various flags and banners this afternoon was unexpected," said city spokesman Jack O'Toole. "This notice makes it clear that city garages are for parking, not for these types of public displays, and it applies to any and every one equally."
Notices were hung around the city's garages letting people know not the hang any other banners or flags.