WATCH: African-American Artist Plans To BURN Confederate Flags For Memorial Day (VIDEO)


Old Confederate-style racism is alive and well, through both social injustices like the racism that leads to African Americans being looked down upon, like when a former NBA star got denied a seat on a train, and the racism that stretches through the very physical violence of police brutality against and killings of black Americans.

One African American artist, John Sims, doesn’t plan to let things stay that way. He is doing that through a dramatic move. This Memorial Day, he will be staging public burnings of the Confederate flag, in a project called the “Burn and Bury project.”

Sims has drawn ire from groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, but he is undeterred. It is an undebatable fact that the Confederate flag stands for racism, with Sims calling it “the n-word on a pole.” A defining feature of the Confederacy was the obscene and violent enslavement of millions upon millions of Africans who were kidnapped from their homeland.

The right of people such as the Confederate-style racists who are left to impose their racism on others through shoving the flag in their face does not exist. Racism isn’t a right.

The initiative started last year and had events in over a dozen states. This year Sims, from Sarasota, Florida, added a couple of tools to his arsenal; namely, he has produced and distributed internet-based, downloadable “burn and bury” kits, and he set up a live stream for the flag burnings, which you can find at this link, and which will become live on Monday afternoon at 2 PM Eastern time.

Speaking to Think Progress, Sims said the following about the purpose of the burnings:

‘This year the work has moved more into an activist zone without losing the art dimension. While art is a very vital language in opening up the conversation, the political process and psychological/emotional transformation are where the penetrating work needs to happen.┬áThis is why it is important to make the Burn and Bury Memorial an annual event. It is a way to ritualistically confront through reflection and catharsis, the pain and trauma of a very horrific part of American history.’

Below, you can check out a promotional video for the project.

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