NASCAR says they will ban the display of the Confederate flag at all NASCAR events and properties. However, Black Lives Matters propaganda is permissible
“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” NASCAR said in a statement. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
Earlier this week Bubba Wallace, the first full-time African American driver in the Cup Series since 1971, told CNN he wanted to get rid of all the Confederate flags at NASCAR races.
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“No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. It starts with Confederate flags,” Wallace said. “Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”
Initially Confederate flags did not bother him, Wallace said, but after educating himself he sees how uncomfortable it makes people.
Tomorrow night at @MartinsvilleSwy, @BubbaWallace will run a special #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme promoting racial equality. #CompassionLoveUnderstanding
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— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) June 9, 2020
“There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly but it’s time for change,” he said. “We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR to have those conversations to remove those flags.”
If fans don’t agree, Wallace told CNN they can “get back on the road where you came from.”
“We should not be able to have an argument over that,” he said. “It is a thick line we cannot cross anymore.”
Wallace’s Richard Petty Motorsports car Wednesday night at Martinsville will be all black and feature a handshake on the hood and the words “Black Lives Matter” on the sides and “compassion, love, understanding” on both the front and back of the car.