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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 9:04AM
I believe the First Amendment permits us to display whatever we want to.. and his hertiage is as important to him as the black power shirts and Che shirts are to others.don't like it, tough.
Nov 30, 2012 9:03AM
Show me one black(African/American) that's not a Racist. I'm from the South, I'm part Cherokee, but I'm not offended by these stupid little things that make no difference in Our Real Lives. Get Off Your Lazy Butt, and Go Do Something For Someone That Needs Help.
Nov 30, 2012 9:03AM
African Americans offend you? Now if that does not sound racist I don't know what else would.  Those who are racist seldom realize it, and even less often admit it. Freedom of speech also means that when I witness something offensive and un-American I have the right to speak out against such garbage instead of "just looking away".  That's how women got the vote in this country, by people who were not directly affected by a policy (men), but displayed empathy and compassion for those who are negatively affected.  That is being an American, standing up for others, not tearing them down or contributing to their oppression by supporting racist imagery and attitudes.
Nov 30, 2012 9:02AM



You cannot be serious.

Please, tell me you did not deliberately intend to use that word.


Nov 30, 2012 9:02AM
secession time has arrived,.....remember the taxation withOUT representation,....?  it's back
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