A southern rock band titled Confederate Railroad has lost its second gig due to their logo containing the Confederate battle flag, which the band maintains represents the forgotten culture of the deep south.
This marks the second gig lost by Confederate Railroad in less than a month, as organizers use the Confederate battle flag used in the band’s logo against them.
The band, which has been active since the 1990s, was first canceled from the Illinois State Fair on July 9, 2019. The band describes itself as “the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck,” and explains that the band has released several popular songs and has received GRAMMY nominations and received the Academy of Country Music’s Top new Vocal Group Award in 1992.
As many of you know, we were scheduled to perform at the Illinois State Fair in Du Quoin, Illinois on August 27, along with our friends Restless heart and Shenandoah. We have since been removed from that show by the Illinois Department of Agriculture because of the name of our band. This was very disapopointing as we have played this fair bfeore and enjoyed it very much. The outpouring of support from Confederate Railroad fans, fans of other acts, and the public in general, has been both overwhelming and very much appreciated. I would also like to thank the actors, athletes and fellow country music artists who have spoken out in support.
It has been brought to my attention that several people have asked both Restless Heart and Shenandoah to cancel their shows in protest of our cancellation. I have spoken to both acts and encouraged them to perform as scheduled. Live concerts are how we pay our bills and feed our families. I would never want to see another act lose a payday because of this. Please go out and here these two great bands. As I have said many times onstage, I am by now means a saint but, I am a man of faith and I have faith that God will see us through this as well as whatever comes next! Thank you for your support.
The next cancellation happened this week, as they were removed from the Ulster County Fair in New York’s Hudson Valley, with the organizers citing concerns of diversity and inclusiveness around the band’s logo.
The band’s Aug. 1 date at the Ulster County Fair in New York’s Hudson Valley has been canceled, a spokesman for Ulster County executive Pat Ryan said Thursday. Earlier this month, Illinois canceled a state fair appearance by the band, whose logo features a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags.
“The Ulster County Fair must be an event that everyone can enjoy while representing the values of all members of our community,” Ryan said in a prepared statement. “Any showcasing of a symbol of division and racism runs counter to that principle and will be vigorously opposed by my administration.”
Speaking to USA TODAY, the band’s front man said “I’ve done nothing wrong.” He added that, “I love the part of the country I’m from, and I will never apologize for that.”
The debate over the Confederate battle flag is yet again reaching a fever pitch in the country, with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) assisting the left in their quest to destroy the nation’s heritage only two weeks ago.
Earlier this year, Black Lives Matter activist and noted white man Shaun King posted a video to Facebook celebrating the vandalism of a truck as a man tore the confederate flag off the back.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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