DeRay MckessonÂ âÂ the #BlackLivesMatter activist who is continually âattackedâ as a paid protesterÂ while criss-crossingÂ the country on a momentâs notice onÂ a negative bank balance of $0.35Â âÂ was (of course) at the June 20th #TakeItDown protest in Columbia, S.C. He wasnât quite willing to take down the Confederate flag from the State House grounds on his own, but he did size up the situation: âtightly protected, chain is only at the top, hard to get to to take down.â
That didnât stop Bree Newsome from laterÂ scaling the pole and pulling down the flag, with videographerÂ in tow, after Gov. Nikki Haley had already held a press conference to announce it would be taken down. Whatever you do, donât call it a publicity stunt.
Nevertheless, the non-stunt has brought Newsome a great deal of publicity. Sheâs been interviewed by CNNÂ andÂ CBS News,Â and Time has even published a piece calling her flagpole climb âan act of public art.â
Time for DeRay to step up his game?
Remember that time Sen. Claire McCaskill called Rush Limbaugh âso badâ for predicting the outrage over flags wasnât going to stop with the removal of the Confederate flag? Maybe someone should send her this Independence Day shot of the American flag, upside-down, spray-painted with âBlack Lives Matter.â