“The filmmaker and musician Bree Newsome shattered a Southern taboo on Saturday, when she climbed a flagpole outside the South Carolina State House and removed the Confederate flag. Social media erupted in applause at the sight of an African-American woman wresting the emblem of hate from its place of pride so soon after an avowed white supremacist had been charged with murdering nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston.
The artist Rebecca Cohen captured the heroic sense of the moment — and gave it an iconic, pop-cultural feel — by depicting Ms. Newsome as a brown-skinned version of the well-known superheroine Wonder Woman.
Ms. Newsome, a graduate of New York University, was arrested and charged with “defacing a monument.’’ She expressed a broadly held sentiment when she said in an emailed statement on Saturday:
“We removed the flag today because we can’t wait any longer. We can’t continue like this another day.””
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The Young Turks June 29, 2015 Hour 1
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