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Obama is met with Confederate flag-waving protesters in Oklahoma

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By Hanna Kozlowska
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A group of demonstrators greeted US president Barack Obama with Confederate flags yesterday as he arrived for a two-day trip to Oklahoma, where he is due to visit a federal prison as part of a larger effort to push for criminal justice reform.

A crowd gathered across the street from his hotel last night, and as many as 10 of the demonstrators waved the flag, whose symbolism and heritage have sparked a nation-wide debate after a white supremacist shot and killed 9 people at a historic black church in South Carolina.

“We don’t believe it’s a symbol of racism,” the rally’s organizer, who calls himself “the Black Rebel,” told local TV station KFOR.

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Confederate flag supporters fly their flags across the street from Durant High School, where President Barack Obama will be speaking, in Durant, Okla., Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

Protesters with Confederate flags also gathered across the street from a local high school in Durant where Obama gave a speech earlier in the day. The group told local media they were not there to protest his visit, but to “highlight Southern heritage.”

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