The President’s Oklahoma visit sparked controversy all over the state.
President Barack Obama was greeted at his hotel in Oklahoma City Wednesday night by protesters proudly displaying Confederate flags as they lined up their trucks awaiting his arrival.
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Several other black individuals participated in the demonstration. 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.
“Hell, I’m just out here supporting my flag, not racists, I don’t want no [sic] problems with anybody,” a supporter said.
“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.
“Sir, I’m letting you know that this flag right here represents hate,” Kiana Smith, an Oklahoma woman said.
“I’m letting you know that all these people out here right here do not believe it’s about hate, they believe it’s about heritage” Duncomb responded.
But the woman disagreed. “Please do not be fooled and brainwashed by the misconceptions, that flag in the south was about slavery,” Smith said.
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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.