The Southern rock legend is on the receiving end of protestors and activists who are demanding that he make some big changes…just a few years after he addressed concerns about it before.
As reported by the Detroit Free Press, many activists have gathered outside the Detroit Historical Museum demanding that Kid Rock make changes to how he represents himself and his attachment to the Confederate flag.
The highly controversial flag was originally flown by the South during the Civil War and many people often associate the symbol with slavery and racism. Kid Rock has appeared alongside the flag in many photos, but is more often found with an American flag in his photos or on his person.
Credit: Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press (Above: protesters stand against Kid Rock at the NAACP banquet where he received an award in 2011.)
Reverend Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network and a local Detroit pastor, called for Kid Rock to remove all instances of the flag from his public appearances.
“How in the hell can Kid Rock represent Detroit and wave that flag just generating millions and millions in ticket sales — a flag that represents genocide to most of Detroit?” asked another member of the National Action Network, Sam Riddle.
While Kid Rock has not issued a public statement on this current demand from activists, he did make a statement about his use of the flag during his 2011 acceptance speech for the NAACP’s Great Expectations Award.
Kid Rock confessed that the had welcomed the flag as a representation of the Southern rock music he sings, and a symbol of being a rebel, adding “I never flew that flag with any hate in my heart.”
Reverend Williams called the singer “the home-town hero who is a zero with the Confederate flag” and called for museum officials to remove his name from within the building.
Watch the video below from USA Today/Detroit Free Press in which the activists explain their position.
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