vendredi 19 juin 2015


ColorOfChange member Jamarr Brown's started an 
iam.colorofchange petition to Governor Nikki Haley 
and members of the South Carolina Legislature reading:
"We demand that you respect all South Carolinians 
and use your power and influence to ensure the 
confederate flag is removed from the capitol 
Don't raise hate
Dear friends,
Here's why this is important: 
On Wednesday evening, a 21-year-old white South Carolina 
man murdered 9 Black people at the Mother Emanuel AME 
Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This was an act of 
violence reminiscent of the September 15, 1963 bombing of 
the 16th Street Baptist Church. 
For generations, the confederate flag has represented the 
terror and violence perpetrated on Black communities. 
Unfortunately, the confederate flag is still flying on the South 
Carolina Capitol Grounds today.
The killer, Dylann Storm Roof, grew up in a South Carolina 
that still embraced the confederate flag — a flag that was born 
out of a government defending the enslavement of Black people 
and resurrected as an emblem for whites violently opposing 
racial integration. He attended high school in Columbia, just 
a few minutes from the state capitol grounds where that flag 
is waving. That flag sends a message that South Carolina 
still cherishes a legacy of racial violence. Even more 
disturbing, the flag allows those who decide to act out this 
history to justify their actions. Roof is one of those. While 
committing his act of terror he said, “I have to do it. You rape 
our women and you’re taking over the country."
He did not have to murder innocent churchgoers, but the 
racial culture that exists led him to believe that he could. But, 
he was mistaken - black people cannot take over a 
country that they have been a part of since the very 
The United States is our home. And, South Carolina is my home. 
In fact, my family has lived in the state for four generations 
now. We have witnessed racism, oppression and economic 
depression in our community for decades. We deserve better. 
And, we are demanding better. 
It’s time now for South Carolina to take down this terrible 
symbol of racial violence once and for all.
This is only one step but an important one. I hope you'll 
join me.

Jamarr Brown 


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