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.
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."
Ahh The race card being played againnnn really people US history is not perfect but come on. Do some research into slavery over the last few 1000 yrs. Color of ones skin makes one a slave umm no there have been black, white and asian slaves just to name a few. Also Africans sold Africans to slave traders do the research and last thing i cant stand racism and the double standards it can have.
Like why is it ok for a person of black descent to call another person of same descent .
But If a person of white descent does it he is a racist the word mean the same thing. No matter what the skin color. Race among other things is a tool for controlling people. There are warlords all over the world that will and are in slaving their own race as well as any other that stops the march to power.
A flag, A sign you name can have the meaning we put on it. So if i say or show you a Swastika most people will think Hitler or nazism and the things he and his followers did. People should really research Hitler and that movement. His twisted truths and lies mixed with his and a couple others gift of charismatic speaking, Turned normal everyday citizens into raving mad man and woman that killed millions. Yes this still happens dont fool yourself.
So If you saw someone with a Swastika tattoo what do you think? Now the only problem with That is the symbol has been around a very long time it predates Hitler by a long shot. And to those people it meant a totally different thing. The phase perception is realty is not true ones perception can also be a lie we tell one another.