The Missouri woman who went viral for waving a Confederate flag, praising the Ku Klux Klan and vowing to teach hate to her grandchildren while at a Black Lives Matter protest in Branson is now claiming she “blacked out” and doesn’t remember what she said as anti-racism protesters gathered outside a store that sells Confederate merchandise.
“I’m so, so sorry,” Kathy Jenkins told Ozarks First. “I mean, if it would help for me to stand with Black Lives Matter, I absolutely would do that.”
Jenkins, who was seen in the viral tirade decked out in a “Make America Great Again” cap and draped in a Confederate flag, told protesters that she would teach her grandchildren to hate them.
“I’m teaching them to fuckin’ hate all of you people,” she said, then she raised a fist and called out “KKK belief.”
Look how the police protecting her racists ass pic.twitter.com/CVIJitLhxH
— BlackCultureEntertainment🗣 (@4TheCulture____) June 22, 2020
After making national headlines, Jenkins said she does not support the KKK.
“I wasn’t saying I’m KKK or for the KKK,” she told Ozarks First. “I was mocking them because I don’t like being called a racist.”
Jenkins told KOLR10 reporter David Chasanov that she was actually chanting “Black Lives Matter,” before the recording of her racist rant was made.
“I was chanting Black Lives Matter… and that’s not even on video,” she told Chasanov on Wednesday. “It’s like I blacked out. I don’t even remember
She also says she attended the rally because she had “never been to one” before. “I just wanted to see what the rally was all about.”
Jenkins claims she was minding her own business when she was handed a Confederate flag. She told KOLR10 she assumed it was a symbol of unity. She says she then sat in the bed of a truck belonging to someone she didn’t know.
“I didn’t understand that the Confederate flag meant hate,” she told Ozarks First. “I don’t understand the whole history of the Confederate flag, but I’m learning.”
Jenkins says she has lost her job and left Branson over the incident. She promised to never wave a Confederate flag again.
At least some Twitter users aren’t buying her apology.
KKKaren (real name is KKKathy) is just sorry she was KKKaught.
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) June 25, 2020
— Save our Nation (@BershodM) June 25, 2020
Having spent a considerable amount of time in the area, and family members raised there, I can tell you that the first version is more correct. They're very resistant to change, and would even go so far as to make a knee jerk jackass out of themselves to keep things from changing
— Leslee #iStandwithBubbaWallace (@Echo2Zs) June 25, 2020
Exactly. The “It just came out” defense is over. You know what comes out? Whatever is in you.
— Tired Girl (@tiredgirl728) June 25, 2020