In the wake of weeks of protests against police brutality, NASCAR has made a big decision regarding its future events.
They have decided to ban Confederate flags at all “events and properties.” It is unclear the scope to which they will ban the flag. The ban could extend to all images of it, on shirts and hats for example, or it could just encompass large flags that could be hung on a pole.
NASCAR tweeted a statement on Wednesday, stating their intent.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 10, 2020
Bubba Wallace, who is NASCAR’s only African-American driver, has stated his support for the initiative. He said of the movement specifically, “[it] allows the community to come together as one.”
On the other end of the spectrum, a 50-year-old NASCAR truck driver will retire over the ban. Ray Ciccarelli, who has only one top-10 finish in his career and no pole placements, used expletives in a Facebook post announcing his departure from the sport.
NASCAR has been the first major American sport to return to competition amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They are still racing without fans in the stands. While they hope to welcome them to the bleachers soon, the Confederate flag most certainly will not be.
Featured Image courtesy of NASCAR.com
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