Missouri Woman Claims She ‘Blacked Out’ Before Praising KKK In Tearful Apology—But Nobody’s Buying It

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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.

She claimed:

“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.

She said:

“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.

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.”

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.”

Jenkins reportedly left Branson, Missouri—where she has lived for six years—because of the fallout from the incident.


Written by Mike Walsh

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