- The Washington Times
Thursday, July 11, 2019

There is no love among state fair organizers in “Land of Lincoln” for the music group Confederate Railroad.

The Southern band that enjoys women “a little on the trashy side” won’t get to see any at the DuQuoin State Fair on Aug. 27 due to its name and a logo featuring the Confederate flag. 

Emily Bittner, a spokeswoman for Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, said this week that state resources would not be used “to promote symbols of racism.”

“[The flag] is today the symbol of racists, of white nationalists, of the alt-right and so I do not think that the state of Illinois should be sponsoring something that is amplifying that symbol,” Mr. Pritzker said Wednesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Frontman Danny Shirley reacted to the “disappointing” news by saying the band “played this fair before and [the crowd] enjoyed it.”

Shenandoah, another band scheduled to play the event, lamented “political correctness” for prompting the decision.

“[It] has to stop,” Shenandoah said, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. “It’s tearing our country apart.”

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