Kid Rock Fires Back at Critics, Stresses 'I Love Black People'

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The civil rights group last week called for their cancellation because of Kid Rock's past display of the Confederate flag during performances and his recent criticism of black former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem previous year.

Some quick background: NAACP's Detroit chapter gave Kid Rock the Great Expectation Award in 2011, and he donated $100,000 total to various Motor City-based organizations.

In the post, Rock - who resides part-time in Clarkston - attacks both "the extreme left and the extreme right" and says that none of the controversies - including planned protests outside Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 12 - "would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office".

Kid Rock may or may not be running for U.S. Senate in his home state of MI in 2018.

The rocker, real name Robert Ritchie, halted his gig to deliver an expletive-laden speech denouncing political correctness and NFL star Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the US national anthem to protest racial inequality. "Pretty amusing 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!" wrote Ritchie, who lives in Clarkston.

"My track record in Detroit and MI speaks for itself, and I would dare anyone talking trash to put theirs up against mine", the singer said, responding to the backlash after he was selected to headline the first six shows - launching Tuesday, September 12th - at the city's new Little Caesars Arena.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets Kid Rock during a campaign rally in February 27 2012 in Royal Oak, Michigan.

The musician went further, and said that he will begin to "focus my philanthropy efforts" on organizations "besides the ones I have supported in the past". He reiterated, "I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!" However, he has not filed with the Federal Election Commission yet, so the campaign is not legally official.

He addressed Kaepernick saying, " To be clear-Fuck ANYONE who takes a knee or sits during our national anthem!

At last week's show in Grand Rapids, his announcer introduced Ritchie as Michigan's "next senator", and Ritchie came on stage to the tune of "Hail to the Chief". Instead, he's just taking the temperature of MI constituents by selling T-shirts and yard signs that say "Kid Rock for Senate". During a concert last month in Iowa, Kid Rock told fans that "football's about ready to start", then went on to say, "You know what?"

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