Activist questions Pritzker's logic behind state fair music cancellation while sparing Snoop Dogg
Many citizens are outraged by Gov. J.B. Pritzker's decision to remove country music legend Confederate Railroad from the Du Quoin State Fair lineup.
“If people don’t want to go see Confederate Railroad, then don’t go,” Jerseyville community activist Terrie Kallal. “We have a constitutional right to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. There are no words in their songs inciting hate or division.”
The band has been booted from the Aug. 27 90s Country ReLoaded Day for its name and use of the Confederate flag.
“We need to stop having visceral reactions and see things clearly as they are,” Kallal said. “The Civil War really happened and, because of Republican President Abraham Lincoln, had the great outcome of freeing slaves and re-unifying our country. Let’s not carry things so far that we will need to fight another Civil War someday.”
Kallal said one of her children questioned Pritzker’s decision to nix Confederate Railroad, while allowing Calvin Broadus, known professionally as Snoop Dogg, to perform.
“One of them asked how Pritzker could have the audacity to ban Confederate Railroad, for the sole reason that the word ‘Confederate’ is in their name, while allowing Snoop Dogg to perform despite Snoop’s recent album cover showing Snoop standing over a dead, toe-tagged President Trump,” Kallal said. “That is clear violence against the president of our great country. J.B. Pritzker, by his action, has essentially endorsed violence against our president and those who support him as well as pornographic sex, while calling out a band for their name.”