According to articles published by several online sources, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, has sparked angered some of the band’s fans over comments he made about the Confederate flag.
In a CNN interview earlier this month, Rossington said that the flag had been hijacked by racists and, in the process, become detached from it’s original meaning as a symbol of rebelliousness and states’ rights. As a result, he said, he was concerned about the band being associated with the flag lest people get the wrong idea.
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The band has often displayed the flag at their performances and it appears on several of their album covers. What is not really mentioned in the recent articles is that there are many violent white supremacist bands that display the Confederate flag. There are actually FBI and other government agents who track those bands as possible domestic terrorists. I really don’t blame Lynyrd Skynyrd for wanting to distance themselves from that.