Paris Jackson's boyfriend defends Confederate flag tattoo, says he's not racist

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Paris Jackson’s new boyfriend has caused a stir because of a tattoo on his wrist bearing the symbol of the Confederate flag.

The tattoo features a Confederate flag and the letters “CFH,” referencing a popular music album from the heavy metal band Pantera, “Cowboys From Hell.”

Her boyfriend, Michael Snoddy, said that he had been “wanting this tattoo since middle school” and that the Confederate flag to him was a symbol of heritage rather than hate. He also added that he had gotten the tattoo long before the political discourse surrounding the Confederate flag and its related symbols reached such peaks in recent months.

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“I wouldn’t be dating a black girl if I were a racist,” Snoddy told TMZ.

Around the time the news went public, Jackson posted a message to Twitter alluding to the drama, tweeting: “Never apologize for art.”

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The daughter of famed music legend Michael Jackson is now 18 years old and seems to have embraced life in the public eye.  These days the teen is seen smiling in photos, sharing a picture of her own ink on Instagram with a tattoo tribute to her grandmother Katherine Jackson.  She also recently got another tattoo tributing to her father posting: “Queen of My Heart” in his handwriting. To everyone else he was the King of Pop. To me, well, he was the king of my heart.”

Older brother Prince, 19, got inked up too.  Check out the photos below.