DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A representative of Kid Rock says it’s been years since the musician displayed the Confederate flag while on tour.

Comments from publicist Nick Stern to the Detroit Free Press came after calls by an activist group for General Motors to cut financial ties with Kid Rock if he displays the flag onstage.

“It’s been more than five years since he’s had that flag on tour,” said Stern. “They’re protesting something he’s not even doing.”

Stern said Kid Rock stopped flying the flag a year before he received a Great Expectations Award from Detroit’s NAACP. While accepting the award, Kid Rock told the crowd he “never flew the flag with hate in my heart…. I love America, I love Detroit, and I love black people.”

“That was the impetus,” Stern told the newspaper. “Since then, he’s never flown it again.”

Detroit-based GM said Tuesday it’ll continue its sponsorship of Kid Rock’s summer concert tour. Members of the National Action Network are scheduled to meet Thursday with representatives from GM’s Chevrolet brand.

[Detroit Reverend: GM Needs To End Sponsorship Of Kid Rock If He Continues To Use Confederate Flag]

The Confederate flag spurred protests following last month’s massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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