Since the 2015 mass murder at a black church in South Carolina, a passionate debate has been taking place within the United States about the place of the Confederate flag, and Confederate monuments, and if these objects are symbols of heritage or racism.
For Karen Cooper, an African-American woman, the Confederate flag means freedom from the government. In fact, in a touching interview for the documentary “Battle Flag” in 2016, Cooper had seven words to sum up her feelings about people who live in the South and proudly display the flag: “I felt more welcomed in the South.”
Cooper, once a member of the Nation of Islam who lived in New York state, informed the interviewer that in the North, “they claim they like black people,” but that everything is actually far more segregated. When she moved down South, Cooper explained, she found everyone much more welcoming and friendly.
“I came down here, and we were more together,” she said. “People waved to me that I’d never known!”
So much for the liberal fiction that everyone in the South is a racist and that only old white men want to fly the Confederate flag.
Check out part of the interview here:
Cooper was interviewed by the documentary creators as a member of the Virginia Flaggers, a group 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 discovered the flag group via her activism in tea party groups, said the New York Daily News.
Cooper also said that she was in favor of flying the Confederate flag because to her it meant resistance to a bloated federal government, and a proud 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 good point about the flag. It represents a period in history that shouldn’t simply be forgotten because it makes some people uncomfortable.
Yes, some who wave the flag are true racists who should be denounced, but to many, the Confederate flag is a vital piece of history that they support — not a symbol of hate.
Of course liberals will never be able to comprehend that: Once they have decided that something is racist, there can be no exceptions and disagreement with them makes one 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 said.
I’m not sure liberals have an response to that question yet, but I’m certain they are working on one.