Flagging Racism?

In the video below four-year-old Hunter Hayes sings Jambalaya for a country music crowd. The song was composed by Hank Williams, Sr. who died at age 29 in 1953. His son, Hank Williams, Jr., is the man introducing Hayes at the concert.

Williams, Sr. learned how to play the guitar as a boy from Rufus Payne who was a black street performer in Georgiana, Alabama during the The Great Depression. The white boy paid for the lessons, sometimes with food and sometimes with cash. Payne was a major influence on Williams’s style.

Young Hunter Hayes’s performance is greeted enthusiastically. Camera shots of the crowd occasionally reveal  Confederate battle flags waving in celebration of the performance, the song, and the Southern heritage they represent.



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