NASCAR has removed a rule that required drivers and pit crews to stand at attention during the National Anthem.
A @NASCAR official kneels during the national anthem before today’s race at Atlanta.
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) June 8, 2020
The original rule read:
“DRIVERS & CREW CHIEFS, please advise all your Team members: Conduct during the playing of the National Anthem, taken from the US Flag Code. When the flag is displayed – all persons should face and stand at attention with their right hand over their heart – persons should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart – when the flag is not displayed – all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.”
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On Sunday NASCAR official Kirk Price became the first to disrespect the National Anthem at Atlanta Motorspeedway. He took a knee and raised his fist in the air.
“I fully respect the flag. I fully do,” Price told the Charlotte Observer. “That’s not what the issue is here. The issue is African Americans being oppressed for so long under the flag.”
“I respect everyone’s opinion,” Price continued. “But to be honest with you, I know what the flag stands for and I know about Black people being oppressed because I am one.”
Quite frankly, NASCAR should’ve told anyone who disrespects Old Glory to blow it out of their tailpipes.