GM won’t stop sponsoring Kid Rock concerts after critics raise Confederate …

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Activists Plan To Meet With GM Over Kid Rock Confederate Flag Fracas.

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Tuesday it’ll continue its sponsorship of Kid Rock’s summer concert tour, despite a request by a Detroit activist group that the automaker cut financial ties with the musician if he displays the Confederate flag onstage. Charles Williams II — president of the Detroit chapter of the National Action Network — told The Associated Press on Tuesday that “the best resolution is for GM to pull their sponsorship” of Kid Rock. In 2011, Reverend Wendell Anthony, branch president for the NAACP, said he stood by the group’s decision to give Kid Rock its Great Expectations Award during the civil rights organization’s annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner.

The two sides have been in discussions recently over Kid Rock, who has been criticized in the past for displaying the rebel battle flag during performances. For Kid Rock, born Robert Ritchie and raised in a small rural community northeast of Detroit, the so-called “rebel flag” is part of his hard-partying, bad-boy stage persona. The white man charged in the slayings had posed with the flag in photos that were posted online before the attack that police say was motivated by racial hatred. Lawmakers in South Carolina voted to remove the flag from outside the Statehouse, and it was taken down last week. “He has not displayed it in his concerts, so they have said,” Williams said of GM’s statement. “We’re going to take the opportunity to dialogue and hopefully their minds change.

He counts among his biggest hits, “Picture,” ”All Summer Long,” ”Bawitdaba” and “Born Free.” GM has used “Born Free” to promote its Chevy brand. “I’ve never flown that flag with any hate in my heart,” Ritchie told a crowd attending the organization’s annual fundraising dinner that year. “Not one ounce.”

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