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Country Band ‘Confederate Railroad’ Banned from Illinois State Fair Due to Offensive Name

By Rusty Weiss | 9 July 2019

THE MENTAL RECESSION — Confederate Railroad, a prolific and popular southern country-rock band, has been removed from the lineup at the Du Quoin State Fair in Illinois due to their name.

The decision was made by the state Department of Agriculture according to a statement in response to very little public outcry, creating a controversy where there had previously been none.

“The Illinois Department of Agriculture has removed Confederate Railroad from our 2019 Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand lineup,” State Fair Manager Josh Gross said.

“While every artist has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all the people in our state,” he added. […]

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