The local NAACP chapter in Detroit is set to honor Kid Rock for his commitment to helping his native city climb out of its doldrums. But one group reportedly plans to boycott the celebration over the singer's use of the confederate flag.
Kid Rock often displays the flag at his concerts. In the past, he has said that to him, the flag represents southern rock-and-roll.
However it means something very different to Adolph Mongo, a longtime political consultant and head of Detroiters for Progress.
"It's a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country," Mongo told the Detroit News. "It's a symbol of hatred and bigotry."
Mongo said he and others will boycott the May 1 event.
NAACP officials defended the honor.
"Kid Rock ... has consistently lifted up the Great Expectations of many persons … concerning the future of the city," Donnell R. White, interim executive director of the Detroit Branch NAACP, said in a statement.
The annual Great Expectations Award dinner is a big deal in Detroit -- the News said it typically attracts about 10,000 people.