The Confederate flag has become a source of controversy across the nation following widespread protests that convinced South Carolina’s legislature to remove it from their statehouse. Now, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network is calling for musician Kid Rock to no longer incorporate the Confederate flag into his performances,but so far the performer does not seem likely to adhere to the request.
A small protest organized by the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network saw about a dozen activists demonstrate in front of a Detroit museum containing a Kid Rock exhibit. ‚ÄúHow in the hell can Kid Rock represent Detroit and wave that flag just generating millions and millions in ticket sales ‚ÄĒ a flag that represents genocide to most of Detroit?‚ÄĚ questioned Sam Riddle, the chapter’s political director.
Kid Rock took to Fox News to air his reply, issuing a statement that was read on Wednesday by anchor Megyn Kelly. ‚ÄúTo the suggestion that Kid Rock is some sort of a racist, by the way, I’d like to introduce you to Bobby Jr., Kid Rock’s African-American son,‚ÄĚ Kelly said, prefacing the statement. ‚ÄúI wonder if Bobby Jr. knows that his dad is a racist because he puts his flag on the board.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúHe has shared with us a message for those of us who are demanding that he denounce the Confederate flag,‚ÄĚ Kelly said. ‚ÄúThis is a quote: he said, ‚ÄėPlease tell the people who are protesting to kiss my‚Ä¶ask me some questions,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Kelly said. ‚ÄúI modified that for cable TV.‚ÄĚ
Al Sharpton’s National Action Network ‚Äúworks within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender,‚ÄĚ according to the group’s website. Several corporations have accused NAN of essentially blackmailing them, commanding hefty consulting fees in exchange for not being branded as ‚Äúracist.‚ÄĚ