Charles Dickens wrote "Great Expectations" and when I read this article I thought, "Kid Rock is like Charles Dickens. A great storyteller for his time." Except for this Confederate flag thing. Now the Confederates lost the war, fighting for slavery. But today, some guys who drive trucks still like that flag, and sometimes they say they like the flag, but what they mean is that they like what that flag STANDS FOR, you know what I mean? The good old days of slavery.
The NAACP seems divided and I can understand that. Kid Rock is a complicated man, kind of like Shaft, and no one can really grasp the full depth of what he is about. It will be well into the twenty second century until we can get the full meaning.
I don't think Kid Rock owned slaves, but still, you have to wonder how a guy that comes up with such great music could be so insensitive. Just goes to show that complete assholes can be great artists. He could not be reached to respond to this, probably because he was deep in thought. Coming up with that kind of music is not some kind of magic trick. Ultimately you have to judge the WORK, you can't judge the man. You know what I mean? Check him out in this picture. He is like a modern version of Rodin's "Thinker" with that Coors Light. What is on his mind? Am I right? We are just lucky to be in this world at the same time.
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.
[The Detroit News]