Jun 23 2015

Are White Americans Showing Up for Racial Justice?

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GUEST: Dara Silverman, National Coordinator of Showing Up for Racial Justice.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has dramatically changed her tune on the controversial issue of the confederate flag flying in front of the state house. In a press conference yesterday, she said, “It’s time to move the flag from the capital grounds…This is a moment in which we can say that the flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state.” Haley had defended the flag earlier in a bizarre and somewhat indecipherable statement about corporate CEOs not having a problem with the flag.

The confederate flag, which Charleston shooter Dylann Roof posed with in many photos on his website, has come under fire from activists since last Wednesday’s harrowing terror attack. Among those organizing for its removal, and for Black Lives to Matter, are a growing number of white activists. In fact, thousands of people from multiple racial backgrounds gathered on Charleston’s main bridge yesterday in a so-called Unity March. Among them was comedian Stephen Colbert, a native of Charleston.

Organizing under the banner of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), white Americans are increasingly seeing themselves as part of the movement for racial justice.

Visit www.showingupforracialjustice.org for more information.

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