President Barack Obama was greeted at his hotel in Oklahoma City Wednesday night by protesters proudly displaying Confederate flags.
The protest was organized by Andrew Duncomb, who calls himself “the Black Rebel,” KFOR-TV reported.
“We don’t believe it’s a symbol of racism,” he told the news station.
[sharequote align=”center”]“We don’t believe it’s a symbol of racism.”[/sharequote]
“They’re blaming the racist problems on the flag and not on the real problems of America. Through the race lies the people who carry and harbor the hate inside,” Duncomb added.
Several other black individuals participated in the demonstration.
Obama was in Oklahoma to discuss economic development and the criminal justice system.
The Confederate flag came under national scrutiny after a white suspect in Charleston, South Carolina, killed nine people inside a historically black church.
Obama said that the flag belongs in a museum, adding that removing it isn’t about political correctness, but acknowledging “the cause of slavery was wrong.”
The flag was recently removed from the South Carolina state grounds.
This story has been updated with new information.
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