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July 1, 2015

Why I Burned and Buried The Confederate Flag -- And America Should, Too

John Sims John Sims

My protest started by recoloring the Confederate flag black, red and green -- the colors of black nationalism. This was my way of arresting my own anxiety and fear of black erasure, both personal and collective.

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The unidentified man then proceeded to call his wife, who attempted to pick her husband up from the California residence, before Williams pulled up in an SUV which blocked the couples exit. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene shortly after and arrested the three women for assault with a deadly weapon and Williams with intimidating a witness. His bail was set at $50,000 and he was released later that night.

Upon his release, the 'Friday After Next' star took to his Twitter account to share his thoughts on people who find themselves caught up in the law. "If you admit to crimes on social networks or post evidence #youdumbashell," he wrote.

Although Williams may have tried to make light of Saturday's incident, his growing rap sheet is no laughing matter.

In November 2009, Williams made headlines for an alleged burglary in which he was accused of taking nearly $4,000 worth of jewelry and collectible coins from a suburban Atlanta home. Just a few days after that, a 17-year-old claimed Williams held him and "threatened" to beat him up if he left a Newman, Ga. estate where Williams was staying at the time.

That same month The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the comedian was kicked out of his rented penthouse suite in Atlanta's Four Seasons hotel, due to employees complaining that he was causing a disturbance among other guests.

"I haven't been here 72 hours and I'm being kicked out of the Four Seasons even though I paid up front and in cash," he said at the time during a press conference. "I don't understand. I'm at the point now where I'm standing out here with millions of dollars in movies and TV specials sold, and most of them done right here in Atlanta. And to be ceremoniously dismissed at a hotel is sad."

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