Kid Rock says criticism about his upcoming concerts in Detroit is politically motivated.
The Detroit-area native whose real name is Robert Ritchie has posted an obscenity-laced response on Facebook to a planned protest by the National Action Network's Detroit chapter.
"I am the bona fide KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that! Your jealousy is merely a reflection of disgust for your own failures and lack of positive ideas for our city," Rock wrote.
"None of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office."
He also said: " know I should probably not even have posted anything about these bottom feeders but I will always stand up for myself, my family, my friends, my fans, my city, my state, my country and the good in human nature!"
He signed off the post by declaring: "I love black people."
People! Pay NO attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create! https://t.co/FHUGyhgm2L
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) September 11, 2017
The first of Rock's six concerts is scheduled for later today.
The civil rights group last week called for their cancellation because of Kid Rock's past display of the Confederate flag during performances and his recent criticism of black former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem last year.
Rock has been encouraged to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican.