BIPOC Voices, Sports

Of all the companies, NASCAR is a real one

We see you.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Jul 21, 2020

NASCAR is not typically a company you would deem as Black supporting. But their words and changes the last two months have said otherwise. 

 

Taking a page out of Colin Kaepernick’s handbook — driver Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black driver, asked NASCAR to get rid of the Confederate flag. To the activist eye, it seems like quite a normal request. The Confederate flag represents white supremacy and highlights the prevalent racism in the racing industry.

 

It seems like all our requests — justice for unarmed Black men and women, among others — receive a lot of pushback. But not with NASCAR. Upon hearing Wallace’s plea, the sports company did just that. On June 10th, NASCAR banned the Confederate 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. 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.”

 

NASCAR has received plenty of backlash from people who support the Confederate flag. Despite threats and social media attacks, NASCAR stands with their changes. 

 

Multiple rumors have circulated since their announcement. People fear that NASCAR will do away with other game day traditions like their prized national anthem, pre-race prayers and military flyovers.

 

For many Black males and females, the past few months have been exhausting. It feels as if we are at capacity for what more we can take. It’s nice and necessary to see NASCAR not only saying “they stand” with us but to literally stand up for what’s right. It’s giving me hope.

 

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