NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Country artists are struggling to articulate their feelings about the Confederate flag’s history and symbolism amid heightened debate following the recent massacre at a South Carolina church.
The killing of nine churchgoers on June 17 has renewed calls for the emblem to be removed from government displays – South Carolina’s House approved a bill early Thursday to pull it down from the front lawn of the Capitol there – as well as from other aspects of American culture including on television, in sports and in popular art.
Mainstream country music has been quietly distancing itself from the Confederate flag for decades, with many adopting the American flag instead, its own history paralleling changing public sentiment.
“You won’t find it being used by young country acts today, partly because it doesn’t mean the same thing to them,” said Robert K. Oermann, author and columnist for “MusicRow” magazine…
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