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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 8:07AM
I'm from the North and because I've actually studied history, I know the Confederate flag is a symbol of patriotism and state pride.  Those who think it is racist are probably too ignorant to have opened a book to consider the real reasons we had a Civil's not the politically correct "stop slavery" everyone wishes to believe in...
Nov 30, 2012 8:06AM
I love him but that earpeice was a wrong choice.
Nov 30, 2012 8:06AM

I didn't notice that-I was disgusted with him wearing fur!


don't explain it, shove it up your you know what!!!!!!!
Nov 30, 2012 8:04AM
Get over it.. This man does more by just waking up in the morning than most of the morons who have a problem with this do on purpose
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