Confederate Flag-Loving Kid Rock Wins NAACP Award

Members protest, but rocker accepts and insists, 'I love black people'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2011 1:02 PM CDT
Kid Rock is embraced by NAACP President Wendell Anthony at the organization's annual fundraising dinner in Detroit, Sunday, May 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – Despite his frequent use of Confederate flag imagery onstage, Kid Rock was presented with an award from the NAACP yesterday. The rocker accepted the Detroit NAACP's Great Expectations Award as 50 NAACP members picketed outside the awards dinner, Rolling Stone reports. Angry members urged a boycott and protest in March, with one calling Kid Rock's use of the flag "a slap in the face of anyone who fought for civil rights in this country."

The rocker has defended his use of the flag as a traditional part of Southern rock. As he accepted the award, which honors his support for Detroit, he said, "I love America, I love Detroit, and I love black people."

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