ADC Confirms that Daniels Will Not Perform Controversial Song at Homecoming
August 6–ADC Michigan confirmed yesterday that Charlie Daniels will not perform his song, “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag” at the Dearborn Homecoming this weekend. Amid reactions of concern and expressed disturbance over the possibility that this song, which makes reference to people who wear “rags” on their heads, would be performed in Dearborn, City officials looked into the matter and were able to confirm late yesterday that the song was not on Daniels‘ original play list for Saturday.
ADC appreciates the efforts of the City to promptly look into the matter and ease the concerns of residents who felt that this song would dishonor Dearborn‘s rich diversity. ADC maintains that its position was not against Mr. Daniels, or his performance, but strictly limited to that particular song. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Daniels explained that, “It’s not anti-Arab or anti-anything. The only thing it’s ‘anti’ is the people who bombed us on 9/11. I have people who say you’re putting down people who wear turbans. I’m not.”
ADC recognizes and truly appreciates Mr. Daniels‘ explanation of the song‘s intent. However, its concern remained legitimate that, if performed, it could trigger animosity and foster false stereotypes in a City that has worked so hard to overcome these obstacles.
ADC Michigan encourages Dearborn residents to attend the Dearborn Homecoming this weekend and enjoy the festivities, including all of the performances that will take place, which have become a part of Dearborn‘s rich tradition.