President Obama was greeted by people waving the Confederate flag when he arrived in Oklahoma City Wednesday night.
As several dozen people waited to watch his motorcade pass, about 10 of them were waving the Confederate flag. The leader of the group was Andrew Duncomb, who is African-American.
"We don't believe it's a symbol of racism," Dumcomb said.
Duncomb, who goes by the name "the Black Rebel," thinks the fight over the Confederate flag does nothing but hide the true obstacles facing the country.
"They're blaming the racist problems on the flag and not on the real problems of America," he said.
The Confederate flag has become an object of controversy following the mass shooting at a historically African-American church last month. The suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, posted photos of himself with Confederate flags and made clear that his intention was to start a race war.
Many politicians, Obama included, have called the flag a symbol of racism and asked for it to be removed from government properties throughout the South.
"For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation," Obama recently said at the eulogy for one of the victims of the shooting. "We see that now."
After the shooting, South Carolina lawmakers approved the removal of the flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds. It came down last week.
Obama's visit to Tennessee earlier this month also featured Confederate flag-wavers.
"Our flag doesn't mean race, it's a heritage thing," one Tennessee demonstrator said.