Country singer Trace Adkins caused a little controversy yesterday when he was spotted wearing a confederate flag earpiece at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Several people criticized Adkins for wearing the confederate flag, which has become a symbol of racism for many, during the Christmas ceremony. Adkins said in a statement today that he does not see the confederate flag as a racist symbol. Instead, Adkins argues that the flag serves as a reminder to his southern lineage.
“As a proud American I object to oppression of any kind. To me, the battle flag represents remembrance of my Southern lineage – I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle. I advocate for the preservation of America’s battlefields and honest conversation about our Country’s history.”
Adkins acknowledged that some people see the confederate flag as a racist symbol but told his fans that he didn’t intend to offend anyone.
“To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense.”
What do you think about Trace Adkins confederate flag earpiece? Do you think the flag is a symbol of racism?