Amid the political firestorm surrounding the Confederate flag that has wracked the nation since the murderer of nine innocent people attending a Bible study class in a Charleston, South Carolina church, an unlikely champion of the “Stars and Bars” has lit up YouTube.

Karen Cooper, a black woman who was born in New York and a member of the Nation of Islam, says she had a revelation when she moved to the South.

“I discovered the races were more together. I felt more welcome in the South.”

Cooper is a member of The Virginia Flaggers and feels, “It’s only the Southerners and only the battle flag that has all the weight on it, the guilt on it of slavery. In the North, they claim they care about black people and like black people, but it is so segregated.”

After moving to the South, Cooper became active in her community, made friends with members of the Tea Party and says she grew to understand and love the flag that Confederates carried into battle over 150 years ago.

Citing political correctness, revisionist history and the “worship of ignorance,” Cooper says the flag doesn’t represent slavery to her. “I actually think it represents freedom. It represents a people who stood up to tyranny.”

Cooper, who is a member of the Tea Party now says, “I believe in a very limited, a very small government. I feel I am a slave now because the federal government controls 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. That’s tyranny!”

The flag, which has adorned everything from NASCAR racetracks and the famous Dodge on the popular TV rerun, “The Dukes of Hazard,” to the stage at Kid Rock concerts, was suddenly thrust into controversy after pictures emerged of the confessed Charleston killer posing alongside the flag.

Politicians and pundits immediately jumped on the bandwagon demanding the flag be eradicated from any public or, it seems, private view.

Former Secretary of State and current presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, lived as First Lady in the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion where the “Stars and Bars” flew without comment, yet she was quick to condemn it as liberal forces suddenly demanded the symbol of Southern heritage be removed from license plates and cemeteries.

The “Dukes” TV show was cancelled from reruns while Amazon and Walmart removed any merchandise that bore the flag.

The Confederate battle flag is a field of red with a Cross of St. Andrew, a literal “X” bearing white stars against a blue ribbon. The stars represent the 13 states in the Confederacy (counting the divided states of Kentucky and Missouri) that seceded from the United States sparking the bloody Civil War.

The South Carolina state legislature engaged in an emotional debate before voting to remove the suddenly controversial flag from the grounds of the state capitol. Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill immediately and arranged for the “Stars and Bars” to be lowered for the last time on Friday July 10, 2015.

The flag will be hung in the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.


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