The Detroit chapter of the NAACP’s plans to honor hometown rocker Kid Rock with the coveted Great Expectations Award have been met with protests.

Kid Rock loves his city and has done a lot for the Detroit, donating much-needed money to charities throughout the cash strapped city. Most recently Rock donated $25,000 to four of the city charities in honor of his 40th birthday, and has often said that he was “born in Michigan and will die in Michigan.” So, why would some in Detroit have a problem with Rock getting the award? Well, apparently Kid Rock loves to perform in front of a huge confederate flag, which is an extremely offensive symbol to many African-Americans.

“It’s a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country,” said Adolph Mongo, a political activist and the head Detroiters for Progress. “It’s a symbol of hatred and bigotry.”

For his part, Kid Rock has said that he sometimes uses the confederate flag to pay homage to the southern rockers he loves, not to make any statements about race. And according to the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, Kid Rock’s good works out weight his use of controversial imagery.

“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.

The Great Expectations gala goes down on May 1st and typically draws nearly 10,000 people. But with the chapter sticking by Kid Rock, it remains to be seen just how many people sit out this year’s celebration.

What do you think? Should the Detroit NAACP honor Kid Rock? You tell us!

 

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  • WoW

    Hell Yeah!!!

    This dude is in the minority when it comes to white artist giving credit to Chuck Berry, BB King and all the other greats b4 him. We need to stop shunning white people just cause they white. I know our history is painful but whites died for our civil rights too.

  • Sure why not, I don’t see the issue. Sofia Vergara won a award at the NAACP image awards the other day too I think.

  • EmpressDivine

    He might perfom in front of the flag so the rednecks who attend his concerts will feel like he’s one of them. They might also forget that he used to be a rapper and date black women. If he’s doing work to benefit people of color I say f**k the flag.

  • rob c

    Rich son of right wingers who chose to sell drugs in the inner city may he burn in hell

  • I do not understand how we even have time to worry about promoting the confederate flag when there are more important issues like creating jobs. Its not Rick Perry’s fault the issue came up – its the people who want the confederate flag recognized. How can those people push their issue in Perry’s face when there are more important matters like housing the homeless, medical programs for children, and creating jobs. I think that the Sons of the Confederate Veterans need to back down and let our government focus on main issues.