Kid Rock and the NAACP?
Kid Rock is adding another trophy to his case, but this one is surrounded by controversy. Rock was in Detroit Sunday night to accept the Great Expectations honor from the NAACP for his contributions to the Michigan city, but not everyone was happy at the 56th Annual Fight For Freedom Dinner. A few dozen protesters marched outside Cobo Hall, arguing that Rock didn’t deserve the honor because of his usage of a Confederate flag during his performances. Inside the venue, however, Rock was given a standing ovation. He also announced that he was giving 100-thousand dollars in donations for a combination of five Detroit-based organizations and the American Red Cross’ efforts in the South to deal with the recent tornado recovery efforts.
Addressing the controversy, Billboard.com reports that Rock told the audience, quote, “I’ve never flown that flag with hate in my heart, not one ounce.” He mentioned that to him it was always an homage to one of his favorite southern rock bands, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Detroit’s NAACP President Wendell Anthony, who presented the award to Rock, added, quote, “We are not saluting the flag. We are saluting the works,” referring to the singer’s actions in the community.