GM meets with activists over Kid Rock's past use of Confederate flag
After controversy over Kid Rock's association with the Confederate flag and his summer tour sponsor, a meeting was held Thursday.
The President of the National Action Network's Detroit chapter met with GM Thursday, and says it went well.
"I felt that the meeting was positive," said Rev. Charles Williams II. "We're headed in the right direction."
A spokesman for General Motors reiterates that the automaker plans to continue its sponsorship, despite the protests, saying:
"We had a very constructive conversation with Rev. Williams today and we plan to continue the dialogue going forward."
Born Robert Ritchie, Kid Rock has been criticized for displaying the flag on stage for years. But a spokesman for Kid Rock tells FOX 2 Thursday that in 2011 Kid Rock decided to stop using the flag at his shows.
It was the day he accepted a Great Expectations Award from Detroit's NAACP. Spokesman Nick Stern goes on to say:
"It's been more than five years since he's had that flag on tour ... They're protesting something he's not even doing."
Long-time Kid Rock fan Ria Rich from Detroit says she will continuously defend him and feels like Kid Rock is being "singled out."
"I think they are blowing it out of proportion," said Rich, who is African-American. "To single him out that (we) need to protest you, or that you're prejudiced or anything. And it's nothing like that."
But Reverend Williams says he feels like Kid Rock should have responded more quickly and distanced himself from that symbol. Williams says although this is a start, hee wants to see more results.
"We're going to continue to work together," Williams said. "To make sure the communities' concerns are heard and addressed."