More Than 150 Years After The Civil War, NASCAR Bans Confederate Flags

Amid mass protests around the world against police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death, a black man who died in police custody, NASCAR has finally conceded that the Civil War ended more than 150 years ago and banned confederate flags at NASCAR events.

The ban comes days after NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, the only African American in NASCAR’s top circuit, called for a ban on the flag.

“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,” the organization wrote 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.”

Many online praised the decision, declaring it long overdue.

Others joked about using the confederate flag as a source of pride, which ignores the confederacy’s loss in the Civil War.

Some NASCAR drivers overwhelmingly support the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Earlier this week, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace called for the banning of the flag and unveiled a Black Lives Matter-themed car.

But not every NASCAR fan was a fan of the change, with some vowing to bring the flag to events.

Ray Ciccarelli, a NASCAR driver from the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series., responded by leaving the circuit, calling the ban “political BS!!” He wrote on Facebook:

Well its been a fun ride and dream come true but if this is the direction Nascar is headed we will not participate after 2020 season is over , i don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is f—ing one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for SALE!!

In his three years on the circuit, Ciccarelli has never won any of his 18 races.

Source – Know Your Meme News


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