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Kid Rock Ditched Confederate Flag Years Ago: Publicist

07/16/2015 08:33 EDT | Updated 07/16/2016 05:59 EDT
DETROIT - General Motors officials have met with the leader of a Detroit activist group that wants the automaker to cut financial ties with Kid Rock over the musician's use of the Confederate flag.

GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey tells The Associated Press in an email that "a very constructive conversation" was held Thursday with the Rev. Charles Williams II. Williams called it "encouraging."

Morrissey reiterated that GM will continue sponsoring Kid Rock's summer concert series.

Williams and the National Action Network have protested the flag display during performances.

Kid Rock's publicist told the Detroit Free Press that the rocker last used the flag on tour more than five years ago. Last week, Kid Rock emphatically dismissed critics' concerns.

Williams is concerned that Rock still appears with the flag on social media.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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