Luke Bryan Believes Confederate Flag has ‘Become Symbol of Racism’

Luke Bryan has shared his thoughts on the symbolism of the Confederate flag in a new interview.

He sat down with Billboard to discuss the evolution of his career and the current climate of country music. Many country stars have been weighing in on the Confederate flag and its place in modern-day society after nine people were killed in the Charleston, S.C. church shooting in June.

“Where I grew up, I never understood the Confederate flag to be a negative thing,” Bryan said. “[If] the Ku Klux Klan is going to walk around and turn the Confederate flag into their deal, it’s become a symbol of racism to a majority of people. We live in a country where we have to listen to people’s opinions and work it out.”

The singer’s comments follow statements by Big and Rich’s John Rich in support of removing the flag from public spaces. Kid Rock recently made headlines by insulting Confederate flag protesters after a non-profit called the musician out for his use of the flag during his live performances.

Bryan is currently out on his Kick the Dust Up Tour, which will be hitting cities across America through October. His new album, Kill The Lights, will be released Aug. 7. For more information, visit Luke Bryan’s official website.

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Luke Bryan Believes Confederate Flag has ‘Become Symbol of Racism’