Rapper/songwriter Wyclef Jean has become the latest entertainer to cancel an event in South Carolina, honoring a boycott of the state called for by the NAACP.
The civil-rights organization objects to the display of the Confederate flag on the roof of the South Carolina Statehouse. Wyclef, in a statement issued Friday (March 24), announced the cancellation of a show at the College of Charleston scheduled for that evening.
"As much as I hate to cancel a show, I cannot in good conscience perform in a state that has an emblem of racism and division flying over its Capitol," the "Gone Till November" (RealAudio excerpt rapper said in the statement, which was released by Columbia Records.
Spokespersons for the college could not be reached for comment.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People began the boycott Jan. 1. Musicians who have avoided the state include the O'Jays, Brian McKnight, Eric Benét and Destiny's Child. The flag became an issue during the Republican primary battle between Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Arizona Sen. John McCain. The state legislature has not taken action.