NASCAR: Bans Confederate Flag

Written by on June 11, 2020

NASCAR’s only black driver, Bubba Wallace, convinced the organization to prohibit the Confederate flag at racetracks.

Wallace seized this moment of social upheaval to encourage NASCAR to become more racially sensitive. Wednesday night at Martinsville Speedway, Bubba Wallace wore an American flag face mask and “I Can’t Breathe” shirt under his fireproof jumpsuit. He drove a newly painted Chevy car with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Hours before the race, NASCAR released a statement, (quote) “The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties. The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment.”

A former NASCAR chairman attempted five years to ban the Rebel flag. He backed down after hearing from angry fans. Based on social media comments on Wednesday, NASCAR’s popularity took a sharp dip. (ESPN)

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