Confederate flags wI will not be welcome at June’s CMA Fest in Nashville, Country Music Association officials have announced.
“Confederate flag imagery of any kind” will be prohibited at the festival, according to the CMA Fest website.
The festival returns after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 and will run June 9-12.
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The ban on images relating to the Confederate flag is an update to a policy that protects fan safety, according to a report citing CMA officials.
“This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan event in nearly three years. We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and prohibit discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly define what will and will not be tolerated,” read a statement from the CMA.
“In line with our first announcement of the CMA Fest lineup in early April, our event policy has been posted on our website, which states that any behavior that causes any of our attendees to fear for their personal safety will not be tolerated, and that includes any displays of the Confederate flag.”
The CMA’s action follows similar bans instituted by organizations including NASCAR.
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“Nobody should feel uncomfortable when it comes to a NASCAR race,” said NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. “So it starts with the Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”