Trace Adkins took heat for the confederate flag earpiece he wore during the Rockerfeller center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Adkins said it was not meant in any way racist, that he is the descendant of former confederate soldiers, and that it is a part of his southern heritage. It seems like this will ever be an issue in American society, is this racist or not? Hit the jump for more.

Adkins appeared with the earpiece on a nationally televised special for the lighting on Wednesday. Some regard the flag as a racist symbol and criticized Adkins in Twitter postings.

But in a statement released Thursday, the Louisiana native called himself a proud American who objects to any oppression and says the flag represents his Southern heritage.

He noted he’s a descendant of Confederate soldiers and says he did not intend offense by wearing it.

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