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This Image From Outside Obama's Hotel Shows The Confederate Flag Debate Isn't Over

"We're not gonna stand down from our heritage."
People wave Confederate flags outside the hotel that President Barack Obama is staying the night, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
People wave Confederate flags outside the hotel that President Barack Obama is staying the night, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Oklahoma City. Obama is traveling in Oklahoma to visit El Reno Federal Correctional Institution. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Confederate flag may have recently been removed from South Carolina and Alabama's Capitol grounds and pulled from the shelves of National Park Service gift shops, but it's not gone for good.

The image above shows a group of protesters flying Confederate flags outside the Oklahoma City hotel where President Barack Obama stayed Wednesday night, ahead of his visit to a federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma.

More protesters greeted Obama near an Oklahoma high school where he spoke Wednesday afternoon. One of the protestors told KFOR the demonstration was not about racism, "it is about history."

 

"We're not gonna stand down from our heritage. You know, this flag's not racist. And I know a lot of people think it is, but it's really not. It's just a southern thing, that's it," Trey Johnson, who drove three hours from Texas to join the protest, told KFOR.

In June, Obama said the flag that flew on the grounds of South Carolina's Capitol should be taken down and put in a museum. That flag was removed on July 10 and is being moved to the "relic room" of a military museum in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

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