Muhiyidin Elamin Moye AKA Muhiyidin d’Baha, a Black Lives Matter organizer demonstrating against racism, snatched a confederate flag from behind a street blocked off by police. Making an impressive jump over caution tape only to be tackled by police moments later, video of the heroic crime is now going viral.
The footage was caught by CBS affiliate WCSC-TV’s cameras and passed around on social media. d'Baha was in the area in support of a speech being given by Bree Newsome, the courageous activist who scaled a flag pole to take down a confederate flag in a highly publicized incident from 2015. In the spirit of Newsome, d'Baha took down the age-old symbol for racism in a blaze of glory. He was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with disorderly conduct, but has since paid bail with the help of the Showing Up for Racial Justice group:
James Bessenger, the man holding the flag, didn't seem to get the message of the action: “I straightened the flag out and held it back up,” he said to The Washington Post. “[d'Baha] accomplished absolutely nothing, except spending the night in jail, and now he’s going to have to buy me a new pole. Well done.”
d'Baha later described his motivation for the symbolic gesture: "I looked at our elders and I saw, like, fear in their eyes,” he said. “And I saw them back up, almost. That was the moment for me. We’re not going to pass this on another generation. Not another generation of people are going to be intimidated by this flag ... [I wanted to] help them understand what it is to meet a real resistance, to meet people that aren’t scared.”
May we all be the confederate flag-snatching icons we wish to see shared on Facebook.
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