Sunday, May 1, 2011

Detroiters Protest NAACP Giving Award to Confederate flag-waving Kid Rock

Your Black World Reports

A group of protesters met outside the Cobo Center in Detroit to protest the NAACP’s decision to give an award to Kid Rock, an entertainer who flies the Confederate Flag during his concerts.  Adolph Mongo, head of Detroiters for Progress, spoke to the group.

"Do you know what that flag stands for? It stands for hatred, bigotry, racism, murder," he said.

NAACP President Wendell Anthony defended giving an award to Rock.

"We're not lifting up the flag. We're lifting up a gentleman who has worked very hard to be a beacon for Detroit," Anthony said. "We believe in protests -- we're the NAACP, we fight for it -- and if it's righteous, we'll even join with you."

Dr. Boyce Watkins at expressed his concerns with the NAACP decision, asking, “would the Jewish Anti-Defamation League give an award to a man who put a swastika on stage during his performance?  I think not.”

Dr. Watkins then goes on to say that this is yet another example of the NAACP sacrificing its values in order to raise money.  A recent survey conducted by Your Black World found that 41% of the black respondents do not feel that the NAACP is being run efficiently.   This incident leads some to question the relevance of a civil rights organization that is not empowered enough to challenge the use of the Confederate Flag, arguably the most recognized symbol of racism in American history. 


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