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Black Lives Matter' Organizer Deletes 'Reckless' Tweet After Users Remind Him 'Instigating a Crime Is a Crime


"I accept that and apologize."

The Confederate flag flies on the Capitol grounds after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced that she will call for the Confederate flag to be removed on June 22, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Getty Images/Joe Raedle)

A series of tweets sent Wednesday by "Black Lives Matter" organizer and Daily Kos justice columnist Shaun King raised some eyebrows, before the "reckless" comments were deleted.

"$2,500 + bail money to the first person to hit the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Capitol with paint. Starting now," King tweeted.

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In other tweet he promised, "$5,000 and bail money to the first person to manually take down the flag at the South Carolina Capitol in Columbia. Starting now."

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"We're now up to $10,000 to the first person who manually takes down the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Capitol," another tweet read.

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King, who has also drawn criticism for tweets he's sent in the past, was responding to the casket of South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney being rolled past the Confederate flag flying on the state Capitol grounds, after Pinckney and eight others were gunned down in a black church last week.

Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the flag from Capitol grounds on Monday, but Pinckney's casket was still rolled past what many see as an offensive symbol on Wednesday. The state legislature's approval is needed to take the flag down.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordered that the Confederate flag be removed from Capitol grounds in his state Wednesday and Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn has called for the removal of the Confederate flag part of the Mississippi state flag.

Various retailers also announced decisions this week to stop selling confederate flags, including Walmart, eBay, Sears, Etsy and Amazon.

For King, however, the flags can't come down fast enough.

"I'm at a point where begging and hoping and waiting on politicians to act feels like a betrayal of my own conscience," King tweeted.

King issued another tweet about an hour after offering to pay someone to hit the flag with paint or manually take it down. In the tweet, he apologized, saying that his "idea was pretty widely blasted for being reckless and foolhardy."

Below are some of the responses to King's deleted tweet:

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