Since at least the 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina, an intense debate has been raging within the United States over the place of the Confederate flag, and various Confederate monuments, and whether these objects are symbols of racism or heritage.
For Karen Cooper, an African-American, the Confederate flag represents freedom from the government. In fact, in an interview for the documentary “Battle Flag” back in 2016, Cooper had just seven words to describe her feelings about those who live in the South and fly the flag: “I felt more welcomed in the South.”
Cooper, a former member of the Nation of Islam from New York state, told the interviewer that in the North, “they claim they like black people,” but that everything is more segregated. When she moved to the South, Cooper said, she found everyone much friendlier.
“I came down here, and we were more together,” she stated. “People waved to me that I’d never known!”
So much for the liberal narrative that everyone in the South is a wild racist and that only old white men fly the Confederate flag.
Check out a portion of the interview here:
Cooper was interviewed by the documentary makers as a member of the Virginia Flaggers, which describes itself as “citizens of the Commonwealth who stand AGAINST those who would desecrate our Confederate Monuments and memorials, and FOR our Confederate Veterans.”
She found the flag group through her activism in tea party groups, according to the New York Daily News.
Cooper also explained that she supported flying the Confederate flag because to her it represented resistance to a bloated federal government, and a history that should not be forgotten.
“I feel I’m a slave now because the federal government does control me. I can’t smoke what I want to smoke. I can’t drink what I want to drink. If I want to put something into my body, it’s my body, not theirs,” she explained. “That’s tyranny!”
Cooper had a point about the flag. It represents a time in history that should not simply be forgotten because it makes people uncomfortable.
Yes, some people who wave the flag are racists who should be condemned, but to many, the Confederate flag is a piece of history that they stand behind — and not something that they see as a symbol of hate.
Of course liberals will never understand that: Once they have declared that something is racist, there can be no exceptions and anyone who disagrees with them is naturally a wild racist.
“I know what people think about when they see the battle flag: the KKK, racism, bringing slavery back. So I knew it would be something for people to see a black woman with the battle flag. How can it be racist if I’m out there with them?” Cooper stated.
I’m not sure liberals have an answer to that particular question yet, but I’m sure they are working on one.
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source: Conservative Tribune