Kid Rock responds to allegations of racism in Facebook rant

Singer and potential candidate for Senate, Robert Ritchie, better known by his stage name Kid Rock, wrote a Facebook post that leveled harsh criticism at the media, the “extreme left” and Al Sharpton.

The singer’s post could be labeled “a rant” by some standards. Obviously upset, Rock began his post with, “People! Pay NO attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create! (and by the way, f*** the extreme left and the extreme right!)”

With some in the media pointing out that Rock has used Confederate flags as a backdrop at concerts, as well as waving them and otherwise displaying them, the popular musician felt he had to address the underlying allegations of racism attached to him.

“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,” Rock 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!!”

Rock said the controversy comes on the heels of his six sold-out shows at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. He will headline concerts there starting next Tuesday, playing six nights in a row, to open the new $860 million arena. He will also have a permanent presence with a restaurant inside the arena.

Some in the city say it’s inappropriate for the unapologetic, Confederate flag-waving singer to be allowed a presence there, including Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN). The Detroit chapter of NAN has plans to protest Kid Rock’s concerts, according to reports.

Rock wrote: “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?).”

In November 2014, The New York Times reported that Sharpton and his for-profit business owed more than $4.5 million in unpaid taxes. Sharpton disputed the report, saying he owed a tax debt, but that it was less than reported. “It’s significantly less. It’s nowhere near the millions of dollars. We have totally lived up to our agreement with them … It’s being paid down,” he said at the time.

How much he owed or what has since been paid is unclear; however, during a recent interview with PBS’s Charlie Rose, Sharpton said he doesn’t want his tax dollars to support certain monuments. The comments drew the ire of many who felt his statement was hypocritical if he still owed a tax debt.

Rock also slammed an article from the New York Post that cited an unverified “Senator Kid Rock” Twitter account that retweeted a post about the arrest of Reverend Al Sharpton’s daughter, calling the Post report of the re-tweet the “latest fake news piece.”

Rock continued in his post: “My track record in Detroit and Michigan speaks for itself, and I would dare anyone talking trash to put theirs up against mine. I am also a homeowner and taxpayer in the city of Detroit.”

“I am the bona fide KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that!” Rock added. “Your jealousy is merely a reflection of disgust for your own failures and lack of positive ideas for our city.”

The singer also said he is “very disappointed” that none of the charities or businesses he has backed in the past have come to his defense against “these handful of jacka**es and The Detroit Free Press.”

He said that in the future, he’ll focus his efforts “on other organizations besides the ones I have supported in the past.”

“I know I should probably not even have posted anything about these bottom feeders but I will always stand up for myself, my family, my friends, my fans, my city, my state, my country and the good in human nature!” Rock wrote in the Monday post.

He ended it with: “P.P.P.P.P.S. I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!! God bless -Kid Rock”

You may read the entire post, as well as view a video of Sharpton’s interview with Rose, below.

People! Pay NO attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create! (and by the way, fuck the extreme left and the extreme right!)

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. 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. I am also a homeowner and taxpayer in the city of Detroit, so suck on that too!

I am the bona fide KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that! Your jealousy is merely a reflection of disgust for your own failures and lack of positive ideas for our city.

I am however very disappointed that none of the people, businesses or charities I have so diligently supported in Detroit have had anything to say about all these unfounded attacks from these handful of jackasses and The Detroit Free Press. So for the unforeseen future I will focus my philanthropy efforts on other organizations besides the ones I have supported in the past. 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?)

P.S. Sam Riddle is a piece of shit criminal and prime example of a lot that is and has been wrong with Detroit. Sam, you suck and you know it! (If anyone does not know who he is, please Google him!)

P.P.S. To be clear – Fuck ANYONE who takes a knee or sits during our national anthem! Pretty sure if Russell Wilson or Tom Brady were doing it they would have no problem finding a job playing for any team they wanted in the NFL! So cut the bullshit!

P.P.P.S. Just saw this latest fake news piece…
http://nypost.com/…/kid-rock-gloats-over-sharpton-kids-bust/
The idiot that posted it is such a bad reporter that he/she did not even check to see if this was my Twitter (which it is NOT!) – of course the press will report on everything else I have said here except this fake news. Unreal. (and these are the types of stories that can not be taken back in this day and age because they go viral so quickly and the damage is done before the corrections can be made.)

P.P.P.P.S. On a positive note, I can’t wait to rock everyone’s socks off at LCA the next few weeks! We have been beyond working hard and have something we think all in attendance will enjoy (as long as you don’t mind a few f-bombs here and there! lol).

There is so much to be thankful for and so many positive things going on in and around our city / state that we need not let these handful of jerks sway that in any way.
I know I should probably not even have posted anything about these bottom feeders but I will always stand up for myself, my family, my friends, my fans, my city, my state, my country and the good in human nature!

P.P.P.P.P.S. I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE!!  

God bless

-Kid Rock

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