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Black Man Grabs White Protester's Confederate Flag (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A black man grabbed a Confederate flag held by a white protester in Charleston, South Carolina, during a live newscast on Feb. 22 (video below).

The state's Secessionist Party was protesting a speech by Brittany "Bree" Newsome that was sponsored by the College of Charleston at the Sottile Theatre.

A WCSC reporter was doing a live shot outside the theater when the black man ran by, grabbed the flag, tried to take it away from the white protester, but was arrested by police.

Muhiyidin Moye, the local leader of Black Lives Matter, was charged with disorderly conduct.

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A DonorBox page has been set up by Showing Up For Racial Justice to post Moye's bail. The page states: "It is dangerous for a PoC (Person of Color) to spend the night in jail."

Newsome made news in June 2015 when she scaled a 30-foot flagpole on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds and temporarily removed the Confederate flag that used to fly there.

While the S.C. Secessionist Party has opposed Newsome's speaking engagement, Southerners on New Ground (SONG) has supported it.

SONG organizer Skyelynn Landry told The Post and Courier: "We see all this white nationalism and racist rhetoric coming out of the woodwork, but it’s been there a long time."

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S.C. Secessionist Party founder James Bessenger told the newspaper that his group would protest Newsome, but added: "Protesting on the weekend is our strong suit because our folks have jobs."

College of Charleston spokesman Mike Robertson stated: "The college attempts to provide the campus community with access to speakers who represent a variety of viewpoints, perspectives and opinions. Each proposed speaker is evaluated on a case-by-case basis."

According to Robertson, the Office of Student Life and Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services sponsored the event, and student activity fees paid $9,000 for Newsome's honorarium and travel.

Sources: WCSC, The Post and Courier, DonorBox / Photo Credit:  Donald Lee Pardue/Flickr

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