Illinois has canceled a state fair appearance by the Southern rock group Confederate Railroad citing its use of the Confederate flag.
The band was originally scheduled to play the DuQuoin State Fair on August 27th, but Emily Bittner, a spokeswoman for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, said that the Illinois administration prohibits using state resources “to promote symbols of racism.” Although supporters of the flag say it represents history, it has long been been criticized as a negative emblem of slavery and segregation.
The icon’s use comes down to the band’s emblem that features a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags. In a statement, frontman Danny Shirley said that the group is disappointed, but thanked their fans. Confederate Railroad was ultimately set to appear with Shenandoah and Restless Heart. Shenandoah says it will still play but that “this ‘political correctness’ has to stop. It’s tearing our country apart.”