by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action
In one of the most interesting "What the hayell" moments in recent memory, the NAACP Detroit branch has announced that they plan to give singer Kid Rock an award at their annual Great Expectations Dinner, which typically draws 10,000 participants. The dinner is going to be held on May 1, and if recent protests are an indicator, there won’t be 10,000 people in the audience ready to celebrate.
The reason that people are up in arms is because Kid Rock has often used the Confederate Flag as part of his routine on stage. The singer has argued that the flag stands as a symbol of southern rock and roll, but many protesters don’t quite see it that way.
"Kid Rock … has consistently lifted up the Great Expectations of many persons … concerning the future of the city," said Donnell R. White, interim executive director of the Detroit Branch NAACP.