Confederate flag is banned from CMA Fest

Fox News reports that the Confederate flag has been banned from the upcoming Country Music Association festival, known as the CMA Fest. 

The association recently put out a list of prohibited items and activities. The list is located on the CMA Fest’s “FAQs” webpage.

On that page, the association writes, “the following items will NOT be permitted at any CMA Fest location.”

Following this, there is a long list of prohibited items. And, included on this list is “Confederate flag imagery of any kind.”

The “why?”

The association, this week, explained to the Tennessean the reason why it has decided to specifically ban the Confederate flag from the CMA Fest.

“This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan-facing event in nearly three years,” the association said. “We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and ban discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly outline what will and will not be tolerated.”

The association continued, “in line with our first CMA Fest lineup announcement in early April, our event policy was published on our website, which states any behavior that causes one of our attendees to fear for their personal safety will not be tolerated, and that is inclusive of any displays of the Confederate flag.”

So, in short, the Confederate flag was banned from the CMA Fest due to so-called safety concerns. The association did not expand on how it is that Confederate flag imagery is dangerous.

Background

This will be the first CMA Fest to be held in some time. The festival, which began in 1972, had a two-year hiatus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the festival will make a return to Nashville, Tennessee, where it originated. Roughly 50,000 country music fans are expected to attend the four-day event that will begin on June 9.

The Tennessean reports that the association’s decision to ban Confederate flag imagery “comes as many artists, advocates, and industry leaders continue to push for racial equality in country music.”

According to Newsmax, similar Confederate flag bans are being implemented in other country music festivals, including, for example, the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.

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