National Action Network's (NAN) Rev. Charles Williams II said he would knock off the protesting after he learned the core issue -- Kid Rock displaying the Confederate flag -- was never an issue.
The group objected to the entertainer displaying the flag during his concerts, in spite of the fact that Kid Rock has not used the Confederate flag in years.
Kid Rock was given a Great Expectations Award in May 2011 by the Detroit NAACP. Later that same year he decided to stop using the flag.
• The predatory left is fueled by hate-filled emotion that is energized by ignorance. It is literally ignorant, as demonstrated in anti-white hate campaign against the Confederate flag.
As NAN was ignorant of the fact that Kid Rock did not use the Confederate flag in his concerts, the predatory left also appears ignorant that the first legal slave owner in American history was a black tobacco farmer named Anthony Johnson. It is ignorant of the fact that thousands of free blacks owned slave labor during America's slavery era. It is ignorant of the fact that thousands of free black volunteered to fight for the Confederacy and were allowed to carry arms, a point of consternation of Frederick Douglas who personally petitioned Abraham Lincoln to allow black Union soldiers to do the same.
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Chevrolet will continue to sponsor Kid Rock's summer concert tour and Rev. Charles Williams II and the National Action Network will stop protesting General Motors' affiliation with the recording artist, who said he has not displayed the Confederate flag onstage in at least four years.
After a meeting Thursday with Williams, other local clergy and executives with Chevrolet, GM issued the following statement:
"We had a very constructive conversation with Rev. Williams and we plan to continue the dialogue going forward. Chevrolet plans to continue its sponsorship of Kid Rock's summer concert series."
Williams, president of NAN's Michigan chapter and pastor of King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, also called the meeting constructive and positive.
"There's not a need to protest now," Williams said. "It doesn't mean it's off the table, it doesn't mean that there aren't going to be escalated actions at some point. It just means the dialogue is going in the right direction, and we are looking forward to seeing if we can come to some solutions."
Kid Rock had introduced the flag into his shows during the early 2000s, and in a 2002 Free Press interview he defended its use, calling it a symbol of Southern rock and rebellion.
But after the Detroit chapter of the NAACP gave him a Great Expectations Award in May 2011, he decided to stop using the flag.
The NAN protests prompted a frenzy of national media attention on Rock and the flag, in the wake of the June 17 shooting of nine black people at a Charleston, S.C., church. The accused gunman, Dylann Roof, had posted online photos of himself with the Confederate battle flag, reigniting a larger debate about the flag's meaning and prompting its removal from the South Carolina state capitol.
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