Karen Cooper is an African-American woman who lives in Virginia. Cooper belongs to a group known as the Virginia Flaggers. That group, according to The Washington Post, rejects the idea that the Confederate flag is a symbol of hatred and racism.
Cooper, who the Post calls an “ardent tea party supporter,” says that she believes the flag actually represents “freedom,” and “a people who stood up to tyranny.”
In a short video, Cooper talks about her opinions on the flag, and slavery. She says that she doesn’t think that slavery was right, but she says it was something “that happened.”
“It didn’t just happen in the south,” she says. “It happened world wide.”
News flash for Karen Cooper. Slavery didn’t “just happen.” The first slaves arrived on the shores of the future United States in 1619, and by the time the country was founded, it was an integral part of the economy of the southern colonies. And yes, it did happen in many other places, but not in any places that declared that “all men are created equal,” and that all people have the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
As crazy as Cooper’s opinion about the beginning of slavery in America sounds, this is even crazier: She calls slavery “a choice.” And what a choice! According to Cooper, Patrick Henry’s famous statement, “Give me liberty or give me death,” outlined the choice for slaves.
“If we went back to that kind of slavery, I couldn’t do it,” Cooper says. “Give me death.”
When will people like Karen Cooper figure out that they are just tools for others who use them to “prove” to the rest of us that their beliefs are okay?
I don’t know whether Karen Cooper has made an appearance on Fox News yet, but if she hasn’t, expect to see her there soon.
Here are Karen Cooper’s comments, via Vimeo:[vimeo 126991396 w=500 h=281]
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