Trace Adkins Defends, Explains Confederate Flag Symbol

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Under a bit of fire for dinning a Confederate Flag earpiece during a nationally televised Christmas special this week, country star Trace Adkins has issued a statement.

Entertaining troops as part of a Japan-based USO tour, Adkins posted the following on his website yesterday:

"As a proud American I object to oppression of any kind. To me, the battle flag represents remembrance of my Southern lineage – I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle.

"To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense."

Seems pretty reasonable and simple, no? What do you think of Adkins wearing that earpiece?

 

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As a southerner myself, let me say - the Confederate flag is the symbol of a nation that DIED at Appomattox Court House. Only fools continue its legacy - intelligent people understood that and moved on long ago.

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Everyone has the right to freedom of expression even though they may be dead wrong and incredibly fucking RETARDED!

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I do not like the south they are still at war. I was in Florida and a girl said to another look at that yankee.
I guess my teeth were not brown.

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@ CAROL HOOUSENDOVE

Blacks are the one that is still fighting the civil war. Somehow one generation has passed down the mirage of retribution. They wait from one generation to another. If Florida is so bad then what is your Yankee ass doing there? You like so so many see one flaw and your biased/racist ass passes judgement. Somehow you think that if you are not a part of the south then your standing is in higher regards with mainstream America or maybe your omitted from being a bigot? You are wrong! You Yankees voted for Obama and here you are weeks later in Staten Island without power! FEMA? It should be called--Forgotten Emergency Movement Association! How many southerners do you see up north? Few! Don't ever beleive that just because you side with this liberal movement that goes to bat for gays, blacks etc. don't for a minute think they will embrace you. They see you as weak/ that's why your rubbing elbows with them.

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@ CAROL HOOUSENDOVE

We aren't all like that anymore than all Yankees are the same.

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Freedom of expression- cry to Obama- we don't care! Fly it high- fly it proud!

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Now that we have a affirmative action pres. In office, oh for those Obama supporters who don't know what affirmative action is, an inept person being employed at a job he or she is not capable of handling, hired for no other reason but, in this case, being black. Racism was going away, now, do to a president being elected through racism, it's coming back with a vengeance. I will never hire another black person. I'm from South Carolina originally, and I will proudly display my Confederate flag.

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I find it amazing,how dumb so many Americans re when it comes to the Civil War
Any idea of the % of southerners who owned slaves?
Of the soldiers drafted to fight, how many of them owned slaves ?
The North wanted cheap cotton, and did not want to compete with Europe, which was paying higher cotton prices , all do to the invention of the Cotton Gin

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As a historian I understand where he coming from,However if Atkins wants to commit business suicide or even feels he only wants an select customers then ,when he short and they stab him in the back ,so he deserve those ass kicking he going to get.

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@ Darryl Singleton

With his fan brace he will lose nothing!! With others fan base- Al Sharpton, Black Panthers- Obama voters are on the eve of being totally on their own. Adkins and millions like him are tired of being trashed by the weak white people and minorities. It's time we quit giving and let you take care of yourself. When the south quits giving, your ass will definetly feel the pinch.

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@ Darryl Singleton

Darryl: Grow a pair and stop complaining. You must have voted for that sham in the White house, you know the foreign student who went to Yale, registered as a foreign student and is using a SS# from a Dead Man in Massachusetts. S T F U

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I find no pride in the public display of any symbol which represents the worse inhumanity. I respect his right to do what he wants for whatever reason he wants...and I have the right to say that it disgusts me to think that anyone would have pride in going into battle to defend the right to keep slavery legal just to make a buck!

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@ Scott

The civil war was not only about slavery. Google 8ball & mjg .. they are black rappers and they sport the confederate flag proudly bcuz they are from the south. The difference in the slavery law was only 1 of so many other differences. That war was bound to happen.

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If you don't like what you see just look away..works for me.

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I'm sorry but I can't let Ron M's incredibly stupid comment go. I normally dont comment on sites but frankly sir, you are an idiot. There is absolutely no way you can equate someone like Dr. (keyword doctor) Martin Luther King Jr. to that of a flag in which it fact does symbolize racism. I don't care if it comes from your "lineage" because your lineage is full of a bunch of ass backwards people who believe that someone didn't deserve rights because they were born of a different color. That flag symbolizes the group of people that not only stood for that lack of morals but fought for it and killed innocent people only because they're too ignorant to understand why slavery is wrong shame on you Ron M, you are what is destroying this country by keeping outdated things like racism alive. Have fun at your Klan meeting you disgusting excuse for a person

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@ Jared

While calling someone racist- you yourself show your racism- you say Klan? Someone displays freedom of speech and you spout racism- if your white then you are a weak white punk and you need to paint yourself dark- we want no part of you- your the worst.

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@ Jared

Your right,However since this guy is an entertainer he should be smart enough to keep his personnel baggage at his home.Importantly the South argument to protect Slavery in its unique ugly forum as well as the Southern monopoly on Cotton expansion in the Weestern Territories was illegal against the Constitution among the bullshit the Confederacy was trying to force that Congress and prior presidents to accept.

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