Trace Adkins upset some viewers during his performance of ‘We Three Kings’ and ‘The Christmas Song’ at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting Wednesday night, which was broadcast nationwide on NBC. The actual performance was stirring and elegant, however, Adkins’ Confederate flag earpiece is what people have been talking about since.
Adkins responded to the blowback on his website on Friday morning:
“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.
I advocate for the preservation of America’s battlefields and honest conversation about our Country’s history.
To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense.”
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