The winds of change are blowing through Nashville's globally popular CMA Fest. This year, no one will be allowed to display images of the confederate flag while attending or performing.
In a statement to The Tennessean, the Country Music Association said,
"This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan-facing event in nearly three years. We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and ban discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly outline what will and will not be tolerated."
The statement continued, "In line with our first CMA Fest lineup announcement in early April, our event policy was published on our website, which states any behavior that causes one of our attendees to fear for their personal safety will not be tolerated, and that is inclusive of any displays of the Confederate flag."