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Kid Rock Accepts Detroit NAACP Award

Rocker honored despite criticism for his use of Confederate flag imagery

May 2, 2011 12:10 PM ET
Kid Rock Accepts Detroit NAACP Award
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Kid Rock accepted the Detroit NAACP's Great Expectations Award on Sunday despite protests from members who object to his use of Confederate flag imagery onstage. Prior to the event, a group of about 50 people picketed outside the Cobo Center, where the awards dinner was held. Back in March, Adolph Mongo, the head of the organization Detroiters for Progress and a boycotting NAACP member, told the Detroit News that Rock's use of the flag is "a slap in the face of anyone who fought for civil rights in this country."

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Rock maintains that his use of the flag is part of a Southern rock tradition inspired by Lynyrd Skynyrd and has nothing to do with how he feels about black people and African-American culture. As he accepted his award, which was given to him in honor of his ongoing support for the city of Detroit, Rock said, "I love America, I love Detroit and I love black people."

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