Country Singer, Trace Adkins, wore a very visible earpiece last night through the course of his performance toting the design of the Confederate Flag while singing at the nationally televised Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting. The Confederate flag, also referred to as a Rebel flag, is pretty controversial. Some see the symbol as a mark of southern heritage and pride, some see it as a symbol of slavery and racism. Some groups like the KKK or Neo-Nazis use the flag to symbolize their racist organizations, but so do groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an organization that claims the flag is more about preserving their heritage than anything else. Trace Adkins is pretty versed in politics and he was a big supporter of Mitt Romney and the Republican party. It’s not really that surprising to me that Adkins toted the confederate flag earpiece since he is a lifetime member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans as well as wrote a book titled, “A Personal Stand,” about the group, so I take it whoever booked him for the show knew the kind of politics he stood for.
What do you think: should Adkins have worn the earpiece to a national event or was it highly disrespectful and racist? If he claims it isn’t a personal homage to slavery is he excused from the bad connotation or is the Confederate flag too embroiled in racism to ever be okay to wear and fly publicly?