Kid Rock is set to receive the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People‘s Detroit chapter’s Great Expectations Award this May. The avid fan of soul and hip-hop music is under fire, however, for his use of the Confederate flag during his concerts, several NAACP members are protesting his impending recognition for that very reason. The Confederate flag symbolizes plenty of things which we no none are good of that seem to support the forward movement of African American in the post Civil Rights era. In an old interview with Guardian way back in 2008 Rock once did say that while he is aware of the flag’s negative connotations, he mostly uses it to get across a certain attitude on stage “Sure, the Confederate flag’s definitely got some scars, but I’ve never had an issue with it. To me it just represents pride in southern rock ‘n’ roll music, plus it just looks cool.” Apparently he’s yet to realize that it’s not about whether he has beef with what the flag represents, but what it means overall. I personally believe this might just be a publicity stunt to promote an upcoming album.
What do you think about Rock’s use of the flag?