In this past week the USA has witnessed some truly epic moments in the history of civil rights in this country. Some were joyous, some were tragic – and some were heroic. From President Obama’s stirring eulogy to the Reverend Senator Pinckney, to the nationwide celebration for the LGBT community of the historic SCOTUS decision – to the now iconic images of Bree Newsome, a courageous young black woman – climbing a pole in front of the South Carolina State Capital and removing the Confederate Flag.
But as the President said in his moving eulogy, the work is not done. And the flag, a symbol of hatred and oppression – coming down is just the beginning. There is much more work to be done. And we must do this work together. Shoulder to shoulder. White, black, brown, red and yellow. Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and atheist. Democrat, Republican, and Green. Socialists, Anarchists and Environmentalists. And while Anonymous agrees with the President of the United States that the Confederate Flag coming down for good in front of the South Carolina State Capital is just a small yet important beginning – it is a NECESSARY beginning. And one that has yet to occur.
On this day, we witnessed the incredible courage of Bree Newsome, a young black activist and organizer – bravely climb up that pole in front of the South Carolina Capital while quoting bible verses and remove herself what the legislature should have already removed long ago – that reviled symbol of hate and subjugation of black Americans. We believe that this historic act of civil disobedience MUST be honored, and in a way befitting such an amazing act of courage.
And so Anonymous, in conjunction with the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements – hereby calls forth a Million Person March for the only day when it could possibly happen, Independence Day. We call on every American of good conscience to make their way to Columbia, South Carolina and march with us to the State Capital. We will sing hymns of praise, we will honor the fallen, we will feed each other, we will love each other. And together with a million voices and fists raised to the heavens we will demand one thing: The Flag Must Come Down!
WITH LOVE — Anonymous