CMA Fest in Nashville bans Confederate imagery from event

Nashville’s upcoming CMA Fest has become the latest country music event to ban Confederate imagery from being used by performers or displayed by attendees, the Tennessean reported Wednesday.

CMA Fest is one of the largest country music festivals in the world, taking place over four days in Nashville.

“This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan-facing event in nearly three years,” the Country Music Association said in a statement. “We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and ban discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly outline what will and will not be tolerated.”

The statement continued, “In line with our first CMA Fest lineup announcement in early April, our event policy was published on our website, which states any behavior that causes one of our attendees to fear for their personal safety will not be tolerated, and that is inclusive of any displays of the Confederate flag.”

Evolving views

The association that puts on the festival made the decision and publicized it in materials advertising the event.

Most country artists just see the Confederate flag as a symbol of the South, where country music originated, and of an independent spirit, but for others it represents slavery, which was supported by some in the South until after the Civil War.

Since the backlash against it started, however, more artists and industry professionals have disavowed the Confederate flag.

“As I’ve grown in my time as an artist, and as the world has changed drastically in the last five to seven years, I am now aware how painful that image can be,” Luke Combs said last year about his previous use of the imagery. “I would never want to be associated with something that brings so much hurt to someone else.”

The line

Still, it’s important to be careful about the line between an evolving viewpoint of historical events and trying to erase history as if it never existed.

One of the reasons history is important is that it teaches people and nations lessons so that they don’t just continually make the same mistakes over and over again.

Slavery is widely acknowledged as an evil now, but if we don’t remember the Civil War and all that happened as part of it, the lessons of that history could be lost.

In this context, the CMA Fest is perfectly within its rights to ban the imagery, but as for the larger context, that’s another story entirely.

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