The highly-anticipated Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, opened on Sept. 12 with a concert by Detroit native Kid Rock which was met with hundreds of protestors.
The National Action Network—who has pushed against the Detroit icon for years—led the protest to rally against the publicly-conservative singer who has used Confederate imagery in his work throughout his career.
“We are one Detroit, and we will not stand for the divisive, hateful language of Kid Rock in our city,” said Reverend Charles Williams II, the president of Michigan’s chapter of National Action Network.
After a march up Woodward Avenue, Williams made a speech about the mistreatment of Detroiters by city officials to a crowd of an estimated 250 protestors. In his speech, Williams said the taxes of Detroit natives are repeatedly used for corporate welfare in an attempt to attract tourists rather than improving the living conditions of current residents.
“You disrespect us for Kid Rock, we come to say: no more disrespect to Detroiters,” he said.