The upcoming Country Music Association (CMA) festival will prohibit attendees from flying or displaying any paraphernalia depicting the Confederate flag.
The festival is set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, next week from June 9-12, after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Huffington Post.
In a section of its website titled “Prohibited Items and Activities,” the AMC said “Confederate flag imagery of any kind” is among the “elements [that] will NOT be allowed at any CMA Fest location.
In a statement delivered to tennessian On Wednesday, the CMA explained its reasoning for the decision to ban the flag:
This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan event in nearly three years. We’ve always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and prohibit discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly define what will and will not be tolerated.[.]
In line with our first announcement of the CMA Fest lineup in early April, our Event Policy has been posted on our website, which states that any behavior that causes any of our attendees to fear for their personal safety will not be tolerated. , and that includes all views. of the Confederate flag.
The Huffington Post noted that the CMA’s statement “did not go into detail about security concerns regarding the flag.”
Country music star Luke Combs – who will perform at the festival on June 11 – apologized last year for displaying the flag at past performances, saying: “There is no excuse for these pictures.”
“And as I have grown in my time as an artist and the world has changed dramatically over the past five to seven years, I am now aware of how painful this image can be for someone else. “, continued Combs.
The CMA’s decision to ban the Confederate flag follows NASCAR’s decision in June 2020 to ban the symbol from all races and facilities following demands from driver Bubba Wallace and the tumultuous Black Lives Matter riots of this summer.
As Breitbart News reported in July 2020, a Morning Consult poll found that 43% of “American voters viewed the Confederate flag primarily as a symbol of Southern pride,” including 73% of Republican voters.
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