Country rock band Confederate Railroad has been persecuted by the left for the past while, as liberals claim that their band logo – a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags – is “racist” and a symbol of “white supremacy.”
Now, the loony left has gotten them fired from a gig at the Ulster County Fair in New Paltz, NY!
Confederate Railroad was scheduled to perform on August 1, but an executive of the fair announced Thursday that the band was dropped due to their band branding being a “symbol of division and racism.”
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This is not the first time that Confederate Railroad has been nixed from scheduled performances. Earlier this month, another fair in Illinois canceled the band’s appearance.
Country Railroad made the announcement of their act’s forced cancellation on Twitter:
Since then, the news has gone viral online.
Here's the news that's circulating on Twitter:
Many are calling out the left's double standards and saying that kicking Confederate Railroad from the line-up is discrimination.
Others are saying its due to liberal bias against Southern pride!
Take a look at what people are saying about this on Twitter:
Fox News has more details on why Confederate Railroad was kicked:
Just weeks after it was removed from an Illinois state fair performance lineup over accusations their name is racist, Southern country rock band Confederate Railroad has once again been barred from performing at another upcoming fair — this one in New York.
The band was scheduled to grace the stage at the Ulster County Fair in New Paltz, N.Y., on Aug. 1, however, a spokesperson for the fair said the band’s performance in the Hudson Valley has been canceled.
"I love the part of the country I'm from, and I will never apologize for that."— Danny Shirley, Confederate Railroad frontman
"The Ulster County Fair must be an event that everyone can enjoy while representing the values of all members of our community," rep for Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said in a statement to the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday. "Any showcasing of a symbol of division and racism runs counter to that principle and will be vigorously opposed by my administration."
The rock band’s logo has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for its depiction of a steam train flying dual Confederate flags.
Confederate Railroad frontman Danny Shirley responded to Ryan’s decision in a phone conversation with the SF Chronicle on Thursday, doubling down on the band’s choice to stand by their logo.
"I've done nothing wrong," Shirley told the outlet from the band's tour bus. "I love the part of the country I'm from, and I will never apologize for that."
San Francisco Chronicle gave these details on the band's response to the allegations that their name is racist:
"I've done nothing wrong," Shirley said by phone on the band's tour bus. "I love the part of the country I'm from, and I will never apologize for that."
Shirley said the band's name was inspired by a steam locomotive called the General, which was commandeered in Georgia by a Union raiding party during the Civil War. The locomotive is on display in Kennesaw, Georgia, where Shirley lived when he got his record deal.
"It seems that everybody kind of gets looking for something to get upset about," Shirley said. "And I guess I'm just the flavor of the month."
Kicks 105 also commented on the situation:
Confederate Railroad were slated to perform at the Ulster County Fair in New Paltz, N.Y., on Aug. 1. In a statement Thursday (July 25), a spokesman for Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan says the band, whose logo features a steam train flying two confederate flags, will not perform at the event. Ryan says he opposes what he calls "a symbol of division and racism," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Hudson Valley Post reported earlier Thursday that someone had started a Change.org petition asking the Ulster County Agricultural Society to cancel Confederate Railroad's performance. March Gallagher, who is running for Ulster County Comptroller, also shared a letter she sent to Ulster County officials about the matter.
"Display and sale of the confederate flag is deeply offensive to people of color and their allies. The Ulster County Fair will not be able to serve as 'Your Ticket to Family Fun' to thousands of Ulster County families in light of both the name Confederate Railroad and their display of confederate symbols," she wrote. "My concerns extend further to the sale of confederate merchandise which I believe should be banned from the fair. There are many ways to share and appreciate county, rural and agricultural themes and ideas without paying homage to a dehumanizing symbol."
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