- The Washington Times
Monday, September 11, 2017

Kid Rock went on a Facebook rant Monday slamming the left’s effort to paint him as a racist and declaring that he “loves” black people.

Kid Rock’s six-night concert in the city’s Little Caesar’s Arena is being protested by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) because of his past veneration of the Confederate flag and criticism of black former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. The Rev. Charles Williams II, president of NAN’s Detroit chapter, accused the Detroit-area native, who is white, of “dog-whistling and cat-calling to white supremacist organizations.”

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, has flirted with the possibility of running for U.S. Senate and said the uproar is politically motivated.

“They are trying to use the old confederate flag BS, etc. to stir the pot, when we all know none of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office,” the rapper wrote. “Pretty funny how scared I have them all and their only agenda is to try and label people / me racist who do not agree or cower to them!! No one had a word to say when we sold out the 6 shows at LCA back in January!

“My track record in Detroit and Michigan speaks for itself, and I would dare anyone talking trash to put theirs up against mine,” he continued. “I am also a homeowner and taxpayer in the city of Detroit, so suck on that too! I am the bonified KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that!”

Kid Rock, who has been praised for his philanthropy and support of Detroit, said he was “very disappointed” that none of the businesses or charities he’s supported in the past have come to his defense against the racism accusations. He said he will therefore focus his philanthropy efforts on different organizations.

“I would however employ that NAN go ahead and make up these losses since they claim to be so good for Detroit and do not want me opening the arena and generating tons of jobs and tax dollars for the city and people I LOVE… IDIOTS! ….. (Has Al Sharpton even paid his back taxes yet?)” the rapper wrote.

Kid Rock also took jabs at the Detroit Free Press, the New York Post and Sam Riddle, the political director of NAN’s Michigan chapter, for publishing negative commentary about him.

Kid Rock ended his rant with the postscript: “I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!! God bless.”

Kid Rock has said he is exploring the possibility of running as a Republican in Michigan for Debbie Stabenow’s U.S. Senate seat, though he has held off on officially announcing his candidacy.

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