OKLAHOMA CITY (CBSDC) – President Obama was greeted by protesters waving Confederate flags during his trip to Oklahoma.

About a dozen stood outside the hotel where the president was staying Wednesday night.

Others held a rally near a high school the president visited Wednesday, where he was promoting a program to bring high-speed internet access to low-income communities.

“We’re not gonna stand down from our heritage,” protester Trey Johnson told local television station KFOR. “You know, this flag’s not racist. And I know a lot of people think it is, but it’s really not.”

The Confederate symbol was brought back into the national spotlight after nine black church members were shot by a reported white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina.

Black leaders and politicians called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds. The flag was removed last week after lengthy debate by state lawmakers.

On Thursday, the president will visit the federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma to promote prison sentencing reform.

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