Courtesy of Kid Rock/Made in DetroitKid Rock is scheduled to kick off a six-show residency at Detroit’s newly opened Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, which has not been sitting well with the city’s chapter of the National Action Network civil rights group. In response to the group’s criticism, the musician and potential Senate candidate has issued a statement taking aim at those who would label him as a racist.
“Pretty funny how scared I have them all and their only agenda is to try and label people/me racist who do not agree or cower to them!” Rock writes. “My track record in Detroit and Michigan speaks for itself, and I would dare anyone talking trash to put theirs up against mine.”
NAN plans to protest the shows due to Rock’s criticism of quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s national anthem protests and his support of President Donald Trump, as well as his past use of the Confederate flag during shows.
“They are trying to use the old Confederate flag BS…to stir the pot, when we all know none of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office,” Rock says.
“I am the bona fide KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that!” he adds. “Your jealousy is merely a reflection of disgust for your own failures and lack of positive ideas for our city.”
Rock concludes his statement by declaring, in all caps and with two exclamation marks, “I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!!”
Rock’s Detroit residency runs from Tuesday, September 12 to Wednesday, September 20.
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