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Kid Rock Accepts Controversial NAACP Honor

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Kid Rock Loves Black People, Accepts NCAAP Award

Kid Rock accepted the controversial Great Expectations Award at the Detroit branch of the NAACP's 56th annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner. It's controversial because Kid Rock has been known to use confederate flags during his live shows and videos.

But, as he accepted the award, this happened:

Rock announced $100,000 in donations — five $10,000 grants to Motor City-based organizations and $50,000 to the American Red Cross for tornado victims in U.S. Southern states. Many in the crowd announced at more than 10,000 gave Rock a standing ovation, diffusing a bit of the controversy that surrounded the award.

The NAACP President said that they weren't presenting the flag the award, but rather the man for his works in the community and charity. But that didn't stop a few dozen protestors outside the venue from trying to express their disdain for awarding someone who uses the flag in any context.

Here's what Kid had to say about it:

"I've never flown that flag with hate in my heart, not one ounce." He explained that his use of the image was an "homage" to Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, who he's name-checked in his songs and whose "Sweet Home Alabama" was an ingredient in his 2008 mash-up hit, "All Summer Long." Rock explained that he made the donations to "turn a negative into a positive," and concluded his speech by saying that, "I love America, I love Detroit and I love black people!"

Honestly, we don't think Kid Rock is racist. We do think using the flag is insensitive, no matter the context, but we really do think he's not doing it as a slight against anyone.

It'd be nice to see him not use it anymore after accepting this award, that's for sure, regardless of his impressive donations!

Make it right, Kid!

[Image via WENN.]

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16 comments to “Kid Rock Accepts Controversial NAACP Honor”

  1. ohboy says – reply to this


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    Isn't Kid Rock's son 1/2 black? Yeah, he's a racist, alright. /eyeroll



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    The confederate flag stands for a multitude of things for many people. It's only affiliated with racism nowadays if you want it to be. Everything seems to be racist to you Perez if it's not your way. If you don't like hearing opposing views, if you don't seeing things that you might not agree with, then get the fuck out of America and go live in a cave somewhere.



  3. 3

    I certainly hope he's not a racist, since his one and only child is from a Black mother. I know Kid Rock loves his son more then anyone in the world so to think that he is racist is actually a little absurd or crazy



  4. 4

    His son is half black and he's had few black girlfriends. I think he's good and I believe he is sincere when he says he doesn't fly the flag with hate in his heart. However, we can't ignore the fact that the flag does conjure up a lot of mixed emotions for many. Lets face it. It is controversial. So though I don't think he's racist for flying it, it may come across a little bit disrespectful and insensitive, at best, to some. So would it hurt him to stop flying it now? Maybe something for him to think about.



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    Ummm, what exactly does Kid Rock have to do to “make it right”? What are you talking about? With regards to the Confederate Flag, you have no idea what you are talking about Perez. It is NOT a symbol of hatred or racism, however unfortunately it has been used by many racists and hate groups. The flag represents Southern pride and heritage, not racism. PERIOD. If you or anyone else feels like it is insensitive to fly the flag, well then grow a set and get the fuck over it. Stop your whining. For fuck’s sake, I’m so sick and tired of this country being so damned sensitive and politically correct. Kid Rock is not a racist. The Confederate flag is not a symbol of hate. Those who protested are being just a wee bit dramatic. And Perez, your entire post was a worthless waste of cyberspace.

  6. buck says – reply to this


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    Liberals have over-used the word 'racist' so much that it has little meaning right now.



  7. 7

    He's not racist , just a talentless opportunist.



  8. 8

    He's an ugly sob

  9. Blunt says – reply to this


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    umm before he made it big he was dating a black woman for 6yrs and she had his Only child. Doubt he's racist,



  10. 10

    oh, stop trying to censor anything you don't like. the confederate flag is used as a racist symbol to a small group of morons. to most normal southerners, it's a simple show of southern pride. i'm not even from the south and i can understand this concept.



  11. 11

    Re: CruellaDeVil – But, Black southerners ARE "normal southerners," and they have every reason to find the stars and bars offensive. It has been used as a symbol of defiance and in support of the old South: Jim Crow, segregation, and discrimination.

    Kid Rock is, no doubt, being sincere. He doesn't harbor racial animus, but I do believe that he didn't appreciate just how divisive the Confederate battle flag is to so many of us. And BTW, I like Lynyrd Skynyrd, too.



  12. 12

    If you bothered to know anything about Lynyrd Skynyrd, then you would see that the confederate flag stands for the south only, which represents a majority of their songs - nothing racist.
    I have listened to Kid Rock and the only thing he's against is "the establishment" - that's his gimmick in his songs.
    You should be proud of the NAACP stepping up and awarding him this honor.

  13. Bree says – reply to this


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    The Confederate flag represents the south (as wel know) and yea, one of things the south stood for was slavery (well, STATES RIGHTS really) but I dont know one person who flies that flag because they are racist. They do it because they;re a proud southerner. Kid Rock isnt automatically a racist because he has the confederate flag at his concerts.

    I am so sick of stuck up assholes who always assume the worse without knowing facts.



  14. 14

    Yeah Kid Rock's son is half black. I doubt he's a racist.



  15. 15

    He doesn't have to make anything right, you are a moron! He does things for TONS of charities and underprivileged children, not only in Detroit & Michigan, but all across the country. He is an extremely giving & kind person. The confederate flag means nothing and his use of it is certainly NOT insensitive, you would have to be ignorant to even think that. Only people wanting to see ugliness will see it. He doesn't need to kiss ass or conform to anyone's standards. All along he's done exactly what he wanted and it's gotten him quite far. People like you are sick, Perez. Get your head out of your ass. You've consistently bashed him and have a personal issue with him, which is why you take things like this and blow them completely out of proportion. Stop being so jealous, it's an ugly ugly trait.



  16. 16

    He adopted his high school girlfriends daughter,AFTER he found out she wasnt his biological child. Her name is Liberty,which should prove he is patriotic. Oh BTW she 100% Black.