Video of a Black Lives Matter protester leaping in a single bound and grabbing a Confederate flag from a counter-protester has gone viral in wake of the protester’s arrest.
During a lecture entitled “Tearing Hatred from the Sky” from activist and filmmaker Bree Newsome, BLM protesters clashed with a handful of confederate flag supporters in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, Feb. 22.
The now-viral clip of Charleston Black Lives Matter leader Muhiyidin d’Baha, 31, whose legal name is Muhiyidin Elamin Moye, showed the man leap over a police barricade, jump into the air and snatch the flag.
D’Baha was quickly arrested, charged with disorderly conduct and malicious injury to real property and held on $2,000 bond, according to The Post and Courier.
In 2015, Newsome made national news for climbing a flagpole outside of the South Carolina State House and removing the controversial flag following the massacre of nine Black parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church by shooter Dylann Roof.
It is unknown at this time whether d’Baha was inspired by Newsome’s act, but many on social media praised the 31-year-old for his courage in the face of bigotry.
The way my man jumped for the Confederate flag like Neo and Trinity jumping between buildings has me absolutely weak tho. ???? pic.twitter.com/qwmiLLAnIa
— KYLE + (@kylebillable) February 23, 2017
Fam jumped on the Confederate flag like he was a WWE wrestler ? pic.twitter.com/1DxGXbeBz7
— Dad (@RealBisi) February 23, 2017
@barstoolsports Browns sign black man who stole a confederate flag to a $72 million deal as a DB. Said his interception skills are perfect.
— 39 SΛVΛGΞ ?? (@OfficialHSolo3) February 23, 2017
— The Black Sage™ (@gerpiep) February 23, 2017
— Nola Bean (@blondebluenose) February 23, 2017
— Herb Mitchell (@Pelicaine) February 23, 2017
Within 24 hours, the Showing Up For Racial Justice organization raised enough funds via online donations to free d’Baha.