Kid Rock Affirms Love For Black People at Contended NAACP Award

By Lora Neng
May 4, 2011

Rapper and rocker Kid Rock accepted the Great Expectations Award granted by the NAACP to the protestation of many of the organization’s members. Adolph Mongo, head of Detroiters for Progress, boycotted an act that would give recognition to a musician who flew the Confederate Flag in his music videos and performances, saying, “It’s a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country.”

The honored musician, real name Robert James Ritchie, already addressed the controversy of it’s symbolism to The Guardian in 2008. “Why should someone be able to own any image and say what it is? (…) Sure, it’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.” He echoed this sentiment again at the Sunday Fight for Freedom Fund dinner. “I’ve never flown that flag with hate in my heart, not one ounce.” Rather he cited its use in deference to another Southern musician who was critiqued for the same gesture, Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Kid Rock further expressed the commitment to his hometown of Detroit by announcing that $100,000 in donations would be given to support Motor City-based organizations and the American Red Cross’s aid to tornado victims in the Southern states. To the attendees’ standing ovation, he concluded, “I love America, I love Detroit and I love black people!”

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1 Comment for “Kid Rock Affirms Love For Black People at Contended NAACP Award”

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