DETROIT -- The Detroit NAACP is giving an award to Kid Rock for his advocacy of the city, drawing some criticism because the Grammy-nominated artist has used the Confederate flag during stage performances.
The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People stands by the decision and says Kid Rock is not a racist. The group is giving the Michigan native its Great Expectations Award on Sunday. To many, the flag is a symbol of racism and oppression of blacks in the South.
The Rev. Wendell Anthony, branch president for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, stands by the group's decision.
"The NAACP in Detroit does not support no Confederate anything," Anthony said, offering no apologies for Kid Rock and his performances that include the Confederate flag. "We don't support the Confederacy, the Confederate flag, racism or any of those things. Neither do any of the folks we associate ourselves with."