Detroit — Some NAACP supporters plan to boycott the Detroit arm's annual fundraiser over an honor for Kid Rock they say doesn't mesh with the civil rights group's goals.
The rocker is set to receive the Detroit branch's Great Expectations Award at the annual dinner, which typically attracts about 10,000 people, on May 1 at Cobo Center.
But Adolph Mongo, a longtime political consultant and head of Detroiters for Progress, said he and others will sit out over Kid Rock's use of the controversial Confederate flag during performances.
"It's a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country," Mongo said Thursday. "It's a symbol of hatred and bigotry."
NAACP officials defended the honor.
"Kid Rock ... has consistently lifted up the Great Expectations of many persons … concerning the future of the city," Donnell R. White, interim executive director of the Detroit Branch NAACP, said in a statement.
Kid Rock and his representatives couldn't be reached. But in a 2008 interview with the Guardian in Britain, he said the flag to him represents southern rock 'n' roll.
Answer by SpiritedWitch at 8:28 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
you know what is SUCH a shame?/ That a group that COULD and SHOULD be doing the works and spreading the messages that could truly help with the major issues afflicting the African American community (poverty level, education level, ect ect ect) chooses to concentrate over and over on this silliness. It's kinda like PETA. At this point they aren't much more than a joke.
Answer by momof030404 at 9:01 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:06 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
I can't boycott something that has no role in my life. He wouldn't miss my non-participation in his audience, because I wouldn't be attending, no matter what cause he did or didn't choose to uphold.
Answer by jsbenkert at 9:10 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by dullscissors at 9:48 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by lovinangels at 9:53 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by sopranomommy at 10:05 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
I am not a fan of the Confederate flag and do find it hurtful and harmful. I do like Kid Rock's music but can't support the flag he chooses to wear and display. It is his right. I can listen to his music an enjoy it when I hear his songs on the radio but I am not going to go to his concerts or buy his music.
Answer by frogdawg at 10:32 PM on Mar. 6, 2011