An Oklahoma group that calls itself “Confederate Veterans Lives Matter” has said that it will file a discrimination complaint against the city of Tulsa after application to participate in the Veteran’s Day parade was rejected.
Following South Carolina’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds, a group in Oklahoma formed “Confederate Veterans Lives Matter” and planned to use Tulsa’s Veterans Day Parade for their public debut.
“Just a regular old float, have the Confederate flag up there like we have mounted on our trucks, and have some people on the float, and wave our flags and have some visibility,” Arlene Barnum told KOTV
The city, however, denied the group’s application on the grounds that it violated parade guidelines. According to the city, the group submitted it application past the deadline. And the city said that the group’s name, “Confederate Veterans Lives Matter,” was pushing a political or personal agenda, which is not allowed.
“Confederate Veterans Lives Matter” members argued that the city discriminated against them because it allowed a Muslim group, the Council of American-Islamic Relations, to participate in the parade. The group said it planned to respond with a discrimination complaint against the city.
“Why approve another group and then deny us, when the Confederate is a Civil War thing? They’re veterans within itself,” member Arlene Barnum opined.
The members of “Confederate Veterans Lives Matter” vowed to show up at the parade to display their rebel flags even though they were not being permitted to officially participate.
Watch the video report below from KOTV.