A Missouri woman—identified as Kathy Jenkins—who was caught on video displaying the Confederate flag at protesters and saying “I will teach my grandkids to hate you all” before raising her fist and saying “KKK Belief” from the back of a truck, apologized tearfully via a webchat with the KOLR10 newsroom.
She spoke with KOLR10 reporter David Chasanov.
You can see the interview here:
Jenkins said she had been “locked out of Facebook” and lost her job all over what she deemed a misunderstanding.
“I was chanting Black Lives Matter… and that’s not even on video.”
“It’s like I blacked out. I don’t even remember.”
Jenkins also claimed she was in the parking lot of a Branson, Missouri business—Dixie Outfitters—with known ties to the KKK to simply observe the Black Lives Matter rally and march, not as a counter-protester like the others around her. She was there that day with a camouflage “Make America Great Again” hat and holding a Confederate flag like the memorabilia sold by Dixie Outfitters.
“I’ve never been to one. I just wanted to see what the rally was all about.”
Jenkins claimed she was observing from across the street, then sat in the truck bed of someone she didn’t know and someone else she didn’t know handed her a Confederate flag—which she told KOLR10 she thought was just a “symbol of unity.” Then after chanting in support of Black Lives Matter, she blacked out and shouted about teaching her grandchildren to hate the Black rally goers and in support of the Ku Klux Klan.
Jenkins claimed the black out was the result of being confronted.
“I hadn’t said anything until they came into my face…It’s like I blacked out. I don’t even remember saying half the stuff that I said.”
Despite not knowing what she said, Jenkins added about her KKK comments:
“I wasn’t saying I’m KKK or for the KKK. I was mocking them because I don’t like being called a racist.”
People weren’t quite buying her story.
Kathy Jenkins knew what she was doing. Kathy Jenkins will still teach her grandkids to hate you all. Kathy Jenkins is only sorry cuz she got caught.
— P³ (@p3_Politics) June 25, 2020
— G.A. Bass, Author (@GABassAuthor) June 23, 2020
WHY would a single Black family EVER feel safe at your hotels when you have Ms. KKK, Kathy Jenkins as a manager at your Branson location?? I'll never stay at another @ChoiceHotels location.
Where is your response to this?
Check this out @kytv @kolr10kozlhttps://t.co/Oj8rLqw7EF
— Truth-Be-Told (@DropnJewels) June 23, 2020
@StoneBridgeMO Hello, I recently saw an extremely disturbing news add featuring one of your managers, Kathy Jenkins, waving a confederate flag while yelling extremely racist statements at peaceful protestors. Is this what your organization represents? https://t.co/l0x0Tp6qU7
— Pat (@PAT___PAT___PAT) June 24, 2020
Her actions will tell if she's truly sorry. Let's see what she does for #blacklivesmatter
— Landon Carnie (@LandonCarnie) June 25, 2020
Jenkins seemed fairly lucid in the video.
Faith Pittser—one of the organizers of the Branson’s Black Lives Matter protest at which Jenkins was filmed—shared a different version of events in a statement to KOLR10.
“She knew exactly what she was doing. She was there from the start on the counter-protesters’ side shouting obscenities and hateful words at our protesters.”
“I think her claims to not know what the Confederate flag is and what it represents are absurd and lies. She proudly shouted ‘KKK belief’ in front of all of us.”
“Her apology does not make sense as she’s trying to state she didn’t realize she was on the opposing side. How do you not realize that if you’re on Dixie Outfitter’s property holding a Confederate flag along with the other counter-protesters that are facing us?”
“She never once shouted ‘black lives matter’ along with us. This woman is lying and apologizing because she’s sorry she got caught in her acts of racism.”
Yeah after she lost her job. I blacked out!!!!
— jhardertried (@jhardertried) June 25, 2020
Watch the video. Fake apology. She knew exactly what she was doing. She did NOT black out.
— Ginny (@LoyalSpartyFan) June 25, 2020
No Jenkins it doesn’t work that way – apologizing because you got ‘outed’ means nothing.
— miss otis (@leafolland) June 25, 2020
Only thing she’s sorry about is getting caught on video
— Rafa (@cOjOnes76) June 25, 2020
People should protest in front of her house and make sure she never forgets the hate she spewed during a time when it was just so simple to be nice
— Chris Koteras (@chriskot123) June 25, 2020
You can read Jenkins full statement of apology here:
“As many of you know I am Kathy. I just wanted to start with saying that I am truly deeply sorry for what I said.”
“This isn’t who I am as a person. I obviously cannot take back what I said. I can only learn from this.”
“I want to make it clear. I am not teaching my children or grandchildren to hate anyone. No one. Ever. I’ve always taught them to respect and love anyone no matter the race. I’ve always taught them to treat people with the same respect as they would want to be treated.”
“My words and actions have been a learning experience. Not only did I learn from this, but I hope this message helps others that they cannot take back what they have said.”
“Again I am so so sorry because that is not who I am. I would never ever want to see anyone hurt and I don’t care who they are.”
— Vernardo Spear (@VDSpear) June 25, 2020
Nah, she knew what she was doing. FoH!
— L&L (@wai01) June 25, 2020
Oh she meant it. She didn’t black out. She spoke her true beliefs. She revealed her true self. Shame
— Peas In A Pod (@peapodmember) June 25, 2020
Im calling it as bs apology. She just got caught and exposed so now shes doing damage recovery.
— Jean Germain (@jegermain1) June 25, 2020
She’s sorry bc SHE GOT CAUGHT! SHE DESERVED EVERY BIT OF THIS! #KKKaren
— Dragonlord (Black Dragons Matter) (@DragonLord1975) June 25, 2020
I was in Branson MO w BLM when Kathy Jenkins said she would teach her grandchildren to hate us. It hurt me to my core. Here’s her ‘apology’ :”I mean if it would help for me to stand with black lives matter, I would absolutely do that”. This sounds performative as hell to me.. 1/ pic.twitter.com/v0fAe45rqx
— Kenidra4Humanity ~ KHHL ~ (@KenidraRWoods_) June 24, 2020
I’m always open to seeing people grow and accepting apologies but this doesn’t sound very genuine. I truly believe she‘s only apologizing because she got exposed. I get people get angry and “lose it” sometimes but I believe that kind of hate is deeply rooted within her. 🤷🏽♀️ 2/
— Kenidra4Humanity ~ KHHL ~ (@KenidraRWoods_) June 24, 2020
Jenkins reportedly left Branson, Missouri—where she has lived for six years—because of the fallout from the incident.