Confederate flags and Christmas?
Trace Adkins thinks so, as during NBC's nationally televised lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Wednesday, the country singer sported an earpiece with the flag on it.
The earpiece was plainly visible as Adkins sang "The Christmas Song" more commonly known as "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire."
This instantly created a lot of buzz on Twitter.
Those unfamiliar with the singer should know that he's never been shy about being a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
He wrote in his autobiography "A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck":
I’m a lifetime member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. It’s an organization for people who wish to preserve and respect the heritage and history of the War Against Northern Aggression. It sometimes gets a bad rap in the press when narrow-minders (I just made that word up, I think) claim that it’s simply a racist organization. I’m not saying that there aren’t some racists in it. There probably are. But I think the large majority of members are people who don’t want history to forget the brave and gallant men who fought for the Confederacy. They’re our ancestors. Yet we as Americans have tried to erase them from our history books, citing the Civil War as an ugly chapter in American history. So some say let’s just forget about the whole thing. […]
So, I say no! Let’s not forget the Civil War. Let’s revere those men for who they were, heroes on both sides who fought in the bloodiest war in this nation’s history. And “no” is why a lot of Southern men went to war. Rather than having a government’s will forced upon them, they picked up a rifle and said no. So yes, I am a proud member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Adkins also performed at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this summer.
(HT Huffington Post)