Confederate flag defender, a black woman, calls battle a fight for FREEDOM
She’s a former Nation of Islam member turned passionate defender of the Confederate flag — and her views on race, slavery and the South are guaranteed to stir up controversy.
Karen Cooper – a black woman who belongs to a pro-Confederate flag group in Virginia – told a documentary on the rebel flag that she believes it stands for far more than the South’s history of slave ownership, and views it as a symbol of rebellion against an overreaching federal government.
In an interview for the documentary “Battle Flag” she said “I actually think that [the flag] represents freedom… I’m not advocating slavery or think that it was right.”
She acknowledged that her support of the Confederate symbol was bound to turn a few heads.
“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,” she said.
Cooper said that before she moved to Virginia from New York, she had very different views on racism and the culture of the South. She told the documentary that before moving she belonged to the Nation of Islam, but reconsidered her views when she discovered how inclusive the area really was.
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