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Trace Adkins explains Confederate flag earpiece

NEW YORK (AP) -- Trace Adkins wore an earpiece decorated like the Confederate flag when he performed at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, but says he meant no offense by it.

Adkins appeared with the earpiece on a nationally televised special for the lighting on Wednesday. Some regard the flag as a racist symbol and criticized Adkins in Twitter postings.

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But in a statement released Thursday, the Louisiana native called himself a proud American who objects to any oppression, and says the flag represents his Southern heritage.

He noted he's a descendant of Confederate soldiers, and says he did not intend offense by wearing it.

Adkins -- on a USO tour in Japan -- also called for the preservation of America's battlefields and an "honest conversation about the country's history."

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Dec 1, 2012 7:34AM
Dec 1, 2012 7:23AM
American by birth---Southern by the Grace of God.

No damn apologies!

Dec 1, 2012 6:39AM
Get the F**K over it....all the stinking miserable liberals crybabies that see "rasicm" everywhere.  Think Nicki Minaj calling Steve Tyler a racist because he called her out.....racism will stop only when everyone stops playing the race card..
Dec 1, 2012 6:27AM
God bless America and americans like Trace. Remember this is a free country.
Dec 1, 2012 6:24AM
For the idiot that posted about the Congressional Black Caucus being exclusive. Like I said you are an idiot. It's membership is open to any one who wants to join. I don't see a racist Obama hater like Mitch McConnell joining. No I did not think so. So to all the bigots out there it's your right to be so.
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