Aunjanue Ellis Wants The Confederate Flag to Go
Remember when brave Bree Newsome got tired of looking at the Confederate Flag and tore it down? Well now there’s another equally brave black woman who is advocating for the permanent removal of the offensive reminder of oppression. That woman is actress Aunjanue Ellis.
The Quantico actress led the “Take it Down America” rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday (Flag Day).
The rally’s aim was to bring attention to the disturbing Confederate Emblem that is still included on the Mississippi State Flag.
According to WFTV, Ellis has thrown her support behind Mississippi-based attorney Carlos Moore, who has filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Govenor Phil Bryant under the 13th and 14th Amendments in a move to have the Confederate emblem done away with. Moore has described the emblem as “symbol of hate, white supremacy and division in our country.”
Ellis, who stars in the upcoming slave rebellion film “The Birth of a Nation,” is known for her “statement dresses”; dresses which she designs herself with the purpose of making a statement about the Confederate flag, and which she wears to several Red Carpet events.
“I feel that we have to take more of a national approach to this problem of the flag,” Ellis told WFTV. “I want to see more opportunities for discussion. We have to make the case that … the flag of Mississippi represents hatred and slavery,” she said. “This needs to be a national dialogue. One that deserves attention from Congress and President Obama.”
Questioned about why she chose to fight this cause, the actress stated that her niece and nephew were her chief motivation in doing so.
“I don’t want them going to school having to walk under a sign that tells them that they are nothing more than chattel,” she said. “That’s what that flag is.”
We applaud this outspoken Queen for using her platform as an actress to give voice to the entire African-American community.
By: Danielle Dixon
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