According to a report from CNBC, auto racing giant NASCAR announced this Wednesday that it is banning Confederate flag displays at all events and properties.
“The announcement is sure to be controversial with a number of NASCAR fans, some of whom display Confederate flags and symbols at racing events even five years after NASCAR asked fans not to do so,” CNBC reports.
The move comes more than two weeks after George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police. It also comes three days after Bubba Wallace, the only full-time driver on the NASCAR circuit, wore a shirt that read, “I Can’t Breathe/Black Lives Matter” before a race in Atlanta, saying that his “next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags.”
“No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race,” he said. “So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”
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“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 prepared 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,” the statement added.
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