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GM won't stop sponsoring Kid Rock concerts after critics raise Confederate flag issue

FILE - This May 5, 2015 file photo shows musician Kid Rock performing during  National Concert Day in New York. Activists in Detroit trying to persuade Kid Rock to stop displaying the Confederate flag at concerts plan to meet this week with General Motors over the Chevrolet brand's sponsorship of the musician's summer tour. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - This May 5, 2015 file photo shows musician Kid Rock performing during National Concert Day in New York. Activists in Detroit trying to persuade Kid Rock to stop displaying the Confederate flag at concerts plan to meet this week with General Motors over the Chevrolet brand's sponsorship of the musician's summer tour. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

General Motors says it will continue sponsoring Kid Rock's summer tour despite a Detroit activist group's request that the automaker cut financial ties with the musician if he displays a Confederate flag during performances.

The National Action Network and representatives from GM's Chevrolet brand will meet this week.

Kid Rock, who was born Robert Ritchie, has been criticized in the past for displaying the flag on stage.

South Carolina removed the flag from its Statehouse weeks after the shooting deaths of nine people at a historically black church. The man charged in the shooting is shown in pictures with the flag.

GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey says only the American flag has been on stage during Kid Rock's summer concert tour.

The Associated Press left messages seeking comment from Kid Rock.