the Confederate flag

the Confederate flag

It s a somber time for America and the national call for to be taken down from the state capitol building in South Carolina has met its moment.

And it s about time, considering all the cheap jerseys lingering effects of in our national history.

As a historian I see the Emanuel AME tragedy as vicious and historically important as the beating death of Emmett Till, the Mississippi murder of Medgar Evers, the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, the Mississippi civil rights worker murders of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner, Viola Liuzzo s shooting death, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For the majority the American people all across the racial spectrum is a symbol of intolerance that embraces a racist and violent history.

The State of Michigan may not have waving on top of our state capitol building, but the Confederate mindset is pervasive amongst a small certain number of less enlightened Michigan residents, the most visible proponent these days is Kid Rock.

What I don t understand is how and why Kid Rock is so proud to wrap himself up in and shows it off on stage as he has done hundreds of times at his concerts.

He stated previously that it is a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd s Sweet Home Alabama, and doesn t mean any harm or offense to African Americans, but the root of the song lyrics are all about the damaging racist history the was beholden in Alabama during the Jim Crow period:

Well, I heard Mr. (Neil) Young sing about her

Well, I heard ol Neil put her down

Well, I hope Neil Young will remember

A Southern man don t need him around anyhow

Most offensive of Kid Rock s actions is that preceding the Emanuel AME murders, on his website, Kid Rock had a posted a proud picture of himself sitting comfortably with gifts received from fans who went on his most recent winter Chillin the Most cruise, including a liquor flask adorned with , and kept it posted until June 25, 2015. But the question is why did Kid Rock allow it to stay posted for an entire week ollowing the South Carolina murders?

Was this just an oversight by a busy rock star just starting his Cheap Date tour, and if so, why was he posting his pic with and connecting it with the Chevrolet brand anyway? And allowing it to stay posted for a full week after the killings in South Carolina?

And why does Chevrolet continue to sponsor the current Kid Rock Cheap Date tour?

With the nation coming to grips in the aftermath of the Emanuel AME tragedy, Kid Rock s Confederate flag picture and his reference to Chevrolet should never have been. Civil Rights movement. Kid Rock is on record as saying he likes black people and means no offense, but with friends like that who needs enemies?

It s a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country. It s a symbol of hate and bigotry, said Adolph Mongo, longtime Detroit political commentator who led the boycott of the NAACP Lifetime Achievement award given to Kid Rock in 2011.

Mr. Mongo s action received national news attention and apparently he was well ahead of his time in drawing attention to controversy.

Let s not forget what took place almost 52 years prior to the Emanuel AME murders where in Birmingham, Ala. on Sunday, September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed and took the innocent lives of the four African American girls Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Carol Denise McNair.

The historical record shows that the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing marked a turning point in the United States Civil Rights Movement and contributed to support for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

No matter how popular he is, Kid Rock is an ignorant and insensitive man with his professed love for , and having it posted on his website.

Kid Rock also has a long and winding history of finding a certain comfort with in performing with it in front of his legions of followers and concert goers.

The question remains: Will Kid Rock bring out it when at his upcoming ten sell out shows at the DTE Energy Music Theater while it is being underwritten by Chevrolet?

It is incumbent for GM CEO Mary T. Barra and GM Executive Vice President and President for North America Alan Batey to step in, take immediate action, and demand Kid Rock not ever associate with the Chevrolet logo, lest he loses financial sponsorship of his current Cheap Date concert tour.

Palace Sports Entertainment, who manages the DTE concert venue, would also be wise in taking a public and proactive step in demanding Kid Rock not bring his Confederate flag with him when he performs at his upcoming August sell out DTE shows.

Newly appointed vice chairman of Palace Sports Entertainment Arn Tellem, who is widely recognized as one of the most influential and respected sports agents in the world and has negotiated some of the most lucrative and high profile NBA and MLB contracts representing minority players, needs to step up and demand Kid Rock not even think about bringing his Confederate flag onto the outdoor concert venue stage.

Asking Chevrolet and the DTE concert venue to demand Kid Rock not continue to glorify on his national Cheap Date concert tour is morally and ethically proper in America s time of mourning for the nine victims of the Emanuel AME church shooting.