I just read an article about how U.S. cities are ramping up their efforts to remove Confederate statues.
I immediately thought of Bree Newsome. Do you remember her? She’s the activist arrested in 2015 for climbing a flag pole to remove the Confederate flag in South Carolina.
Do you remember that time? The Charleston Church Massacre had just happened. Nine people were killed in an historically black church during prayer service.
I can’t forget that moment in history … nor do I remember any articles about cities RUSHING to get rid of Confederate symbols. Yes, some got rid of their monuments and are still working on doing so to this day, but I don’t recall a sense of urgency. Overall, it seemed like few wanted the headache of taking action in their city (and courts), based on a killers actions elsewhere.
I suppose I get it … but it’s still a sobering reminder that it may be a good long while before brown faces elicit the same understanding or compassion as pale faces in this country.