“Burn the Confederate Flag” protest in Brooksville calls for opposition to white racist violence, solidarity with the black community

On Saturday June 27th, 11am in Brooksville, Florida, activists and community members will converge for a demonstration against the rampant white racist violence in the United States and to call for the white community to stand in solidarity with the black community in the wake of the Charleston massacre.

​The protest will be at the Hernando County Courthouse 20 N Main St, Brooksville, Florida 34601​.​​

The Uhuru Solidarity Movement, ANSWER Suncoast, Florida Peace Action Network, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and other community organizers will co-sponsor this demonstration.

This will be one of hundreds of demonstrations occurring on Saturday throughout the U.​​S. where protestors will burn the ​​Confederate flag, a symbol of racist violence and slavery.

The Brooksville demonstration is organized by mostly white activists as a statement against the long history of white complicity in anti-black terror going back to the early 1900s when Brooksville was the lynching capitol of Florida.

“Both the Confederate and the U.S. flags represent slavery, genocide and bloodshed. This country was built on the oppression of African people. White violence is as old as America itself. It is time white people to stand up and take responsibility for this history. Reparations for stolen black lives!” said one of the organizers, Jesse Nevel of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an organization of white people under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party that works in the white community for reparations to African people.

“The Confederate Flag is said by some Whites to represent the ​’​Rebel​’​ nature of the South, but to the African American community, this flag represents the horrors of slavery, systemic racism and legalized murder” said Hernando County organizer Bettejo Indelicato.

Contingents from throughout Florida will be traveling to Brooksvile for the demonstration. Contact stpete@uhuruslidarity.org or 727 888 3797 for more information.​

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