Sunday Roast: #KeepItDown

Saturday morning, Bree Newsome took matters into her own hands and removed the Confederate flag — a flag that celebrates a heritage of racism, slavery, and treason — from in front of the South Carolina State House.

Newsome and others calling themselves “concerned citizens” released a statement explaining, “Deciding to do what the SC Legislature has thus far neglected to do, the group took down the symbol of white supremacy that inspired the massacre, continued to fly at full mast in defiance of South Carolina’s grief, and flew in defiance of everyone working to actualize a more equitable Carolinian future.”

The flag was soon replaced, but the image of Newsome climbing that pole and removing it is indelible.

This is our daily open thread — Discuss.

21 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: #KeepItDown

  1. I had not realized this earlier, but Bree Newsome is a fairly well known writer, artist, and activist, who traces her influences back to women like Octavia Butler. I’m on my tablet, and away from “The Beast” (my gigantic laptop), and I’ve never figured out out to copy and paste a link into a blog comment such as this. But I encourage everyone to do a search on Newsome’s name and learn more about her.

  2. Privatization excels again, not!

    SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Breaks Up After Launch With Space Station Cargo

    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded and broke up on Sunday just minutes after its launch with a robotic Dragon cargo capsule headed for the International Space Station. It was the third failure of a space station resupply mission in eight months.

    The Falcon took off right on time after a seemingly flawless countdown, rising into the sunny skies over Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florda at 10:21 a.m. ET. But a little more than two minutes after liftoff, video showed the Falcon disintegrating in a blast.

    “We appear to have had a launch vehicle failure,” NASA spokesman George Diller reported. Air Force officials said the rocket “experienced an anomaly” 148 seconds into the flight.

    Debris from the breakup fell into the Atlantic Ocean without doing damage on the ground. NASA and SpaceX were gathering information about the failure, and details are to be provided at a 12:30 p.m. ET NASA news conference.

    Another video of the failure.

    • Well, in fairness, the early NASA attempts suffered their share of setbacks. My dad would tell the joke about little Johnny being sent home from school. Johnny, it seems, learned how to count from his dad, who worked for NASA: “10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, oh shit.”

      • NASA didn’t have many payloads explode like this. Failures were mostly in testing, and the taxpayers shared in the loss. Privatizing space delivery puts the ISS mission at risk, when the provisions and oxygen fail to reach the humans who need them.

  3. I’ve finally concluded, after several moments of deep thought, that the Confederate Stars and Bars is indeed symbolic, VERY symbolic, actually, and that with every passing day it becomes an even more powerful symbol — of SOUTHERN WHITE INFERIORITY — whether on a flag pole, a license plate, bumper sticker . . . ANYWHERE — that’s what it says SHOUTS.

    I think I’ll work to spread the word.

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