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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 9:09AM

It an earpiece, obviously someone was just looking for their 15 min to complain about this. He's a southern boy. So I guess watching the Dukes of Hazard was being racist.


Nov 30, 2012 9:09AM
To the uninformed..many blacks fought for the south during the Civil War.. try getting an objective hisory book to read about it.. gee, it is never mentioned by the liberal media, I wonder why? By the way, this story is just trying to make a big deal of nothing.. if the guy wore a black power shirt it would not be reported.. note the difference.
Nov 30, 2012 9:08AM
The American flag flew over slavery longer than the Confederate flag
Nov 30, 2012 9:08AM
Do any of you retards really know the true meaning of that flag?
Nov 30, 2012 9:08AM
I had a black lady at work tell me that a southern figurine book that I brought her was offensive to her.  It had figurines from the south in civil war days.  They were beautiful and I collected them.   She said that the blacks wanted to forget that period of time.  I asked her why she would ever want to forget that time and she said because of the slavery of blacks.  My answer to her was WHY? would you ever want to forget it?  If it is forgotten, it can happen again and if it is remembered it can be prevented from happening again!  She looked at me and said she had not thought of it that way.  Wake up people!  Things forgotten like they never happened will come back to bite you again and again but remembered, we can sure as heck make sure the mistakes aren't made again!  Look at the holocaust and all the murders that happened there and they want to take it out of our history books saying it never happened so it can happen again.   WAKE UP!   Stop leaning on race and correctness and hurting someone's feelings over stupid stuff.  That's not what we are!
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