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Update: In an effort to create a more “inclusive environment” for NASCAR fans, the organization has announced its decision to ban the Confederate flag from its racetrack.
“The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events is contrary to our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors, and our industry. Bringing people around a love for racing and the community it serves Makes. Fans and sports specials. The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties, “the statement read.
Just two days ago, Bubba WallaceThe first full-time black driver on NASCAR’s top circuit in more than four decades, publicly encouraged NASCAR to remove the flag.
Bubba Wallace Calling “to get rid of all Confederate flags in the racetrack”.
During a recent interview with CNN Don lemonThe 26-year-old NASCAR driver said it should be the “next step”.
Wallace said on Monday, “Nobody should feel uncomfortable when they get to race NASCAR. So, it starts with the Confederate flag.” “Get them out of here. There’s no place for them.”
Wallace said he was not initially bothered seeing the Confederate flag in the race. But after educating himself, he learned “people feel uncomfortable with it.”
“It’s going to be very annoying to those who raise those flags proudly, but it’s time for change,” he said. “We’ll have to replace that, and I encourage NASCAR and we’ll have a conversation to remove those flags.”
Lemann then asked Wallace how he plans to address fans who disagree with him.
“These conversations,” Wallace said, were talking with drivers, finding their mentality and listening to their stories as well … Like I said, the beginning of that action was the removal of the Confederate flag and that 100 percent behind It is caused by standing. “” We ask nicely for the first time. If they don’t agree, then you have a good day and go back to the road you came from. It should not be allowed. We should not be able to place an argument on it. “This is a thick line that we cannot cross anymore.”
Wallace also said that “what we need to do is just the beginning.”
“Do we have an end goal? I don’t know if the nation has an end goal,” he said. “Obviously, our ultimate goal is to get racial inequality out of here and treat everyone the same — that’s our ultimate goal. But as far as the process is concerned, we have no time limit on that.”
Over the weekend, Wallace attended the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and wore a shirt featuring the words “I can’t breathe” – George floyd It was said repeatedly before dying at the hands of the police.
That same weekend, NASCAR released a video, in which several drivers, including Wallace, reported about the driving change.
The organization also released a statement about taking a stand against racism.
“The NASCAR family, like many others, is hurt and angered by the extremely disturbing incidents that have taken place across our country in recent weeks,” the statement said. “For us to heal and grow as a nation, we all need to listen more and unite in the stand against racism, hatred, insensitive violence and loss of life. And we all need to bring positive change Should be responsible for. ” The game has progressed over the years, much work remains to be done and we fully adopt our responsibility to help end the ongoing racial divide in our country. We must do better and our commitment to promote equality and inclusion continues and never apologies. “
Watch the video to see Wallace’s interview.
(This story was originally published on June 9, 2020 at 10:57 am PST)