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NAACP Causes Controversy With Kid Rock Honor

March 7th, 2011 10:19pm EST

Kid RockKid Rock has caused controversy among African-American civil rights leaders after National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) officials chose to honor the rocker at an upcoming Detroit, Michigan gala.

The rocker is a local boy done good and organization bosses are keen to honor him at their annual May 1 event for all the work he does for African-Americans and the city of Detroit.

But his ties to the once-racist deep south and his affiliation with the American Civil War-era Confederate Army flag, which has been adopted by white supremacists, have irked many civil rights activists.

Some supporters of the NAACP have announced they'll be boycotting the fundraiser because Kid Rock is to be honored with the Great Expectations Award.

Leading Detroit activist Adolph Mongo tells the Detroit News, "It's a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country. It's (Confederate flag) a symbol of hatred and bigotry."

But the director of the NAACP's Detroit branch, Donnell R. White, insists Kid Rock is the perfect choice for the award.

He states, "He has consistently lifted up the Great Expectations of many persons... concerning the future of the city."

 

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