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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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Nov 30, 2012 9:47AM
So, if Trace Atkins and others feel it is OK to wear the Rebel Flag does this hold true for Germans? Nazi's, Fascists, Communists, etc. ?   I guess it is freedom of speech and expression, but it does send certain messages such as past history of slavery,  bigotry and intolerance of certain races. you can't erase that part of is country's history. The Confederate flag is symbolism of the past and unfortunately some of our past is nothing to brag about or personify by such action.
Nov 30, 2012 9:46AM
If that's what offends people these days then something is wrong with our country. What ever happened to being proud? Being an American used to mean something but now it seems like being an American means that we can trash people for their beliefs. If you want to put people or part of history in the trash bin as some say then go live in a Communist country because America is free and we all come from some where, if you don't like it go crawl in a hole!
Nov 30, 2012 9:46AM
So all you Hippocrates who say he should be able to offend anyone because it is part of his past and American, does that mean marriage equality is in, thats American
Nov 30, 2012 9:46AM

I am all for Trace's point of view. The Civil War is a part of American History. One of my descendents was an immigrant from Ireland who served in the Confederacy proudly.  I am very proud of him and the success he made of his life after the war starting with nothing.

Nov 30, 2012 9:45AM
Although I will give Mr. Adkins the benefit of a doubt and believe his statement that he meant no offense. The confederate flag in all of its incarnations is and always will be a symbol of a time in American history when the United States was divided. If America the country I love and served is ever to be the shining star of true democracy in the world that we aspire to be, then symbols like the confederate flag, organizations like the KKK, Skin Heads, Black Panthers, and other symbols of division, separation, and racism also need to disappear. No one is saying you cannot be proud of the fact that you come from the southern part of the United States, but instead of wearing a symbol that is racist to do that, why not wear a symbol that is reflective of your home state. We all know what southern states are, so why not wear a Mississippi, Alabama, etc. symbol. Just as I wear a NY or NYC symbol every chance I get, because I am a proud New Yorker! Just a thought on one way to leave the past in the past!
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