Andrew Duncomb (shown) is a huge supporter of the Confederate “battle flag,” and even organized a rally for its support at the Capitol building in Oklahoma, drawing around 80-90 people.

That in itself is not surprising, since Oklahoma is a southern state. In fact, when Oklahoma was “Indian Territory,” all the American Indian tribal governments signed treaties with the Confederate States of America, and fought in several battles inside the present borders of the state. Several weeks after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate Indian Stand Watie was the last Confederate general to surrender, on June 23, 1865.

What surprised many about Duncomb’s protest is that he is a black Oklahoman, who calls himself the “Black Rebel.”

“We don’t believe it’s a symbol of racism,” Duncomb said of those who were with him in support of the Confederate flag. “They’re blaming the racist problems on the flag and not on the real problems of America,” Duncomb told Oklahoma media. “Look at these people,” Duncomb said, pointing at the Capitol protestors. “They all followed the black guy out here. Do you think any of them are racists?”

Duncomb countered the arguments of a counter-protestor, who insisted that the flag “represents hate.” Defending his fellow supporters of the Confederate flag, Duncomb responded, “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.”

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