NASCAR Bans Confederate Flags From All Its Races And Properties
On Wednesday, NASCAR officially announced that it had banned Confederate flags from all its races and properties, joining the bandwagon of protesters calling to remove all Confederate statues, monuments, and symbols across the country.
NASCAR’s only black driver, Bubba Wallace, called for the removal of the Confederate flag this week, saying that there was “no place” for them in the sport. Then, finally, NASCAR complied. After 70 long years of serving as one of the staple flags in the races and events, the Confederate flag has been banned.
“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. “The display of the confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties.”
The announcement was announced before Wednesday’s race at Martinsville Speedway, where one driver, Alabama-native Wallace, drove a Chevrolet with a #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme.
The issue for the banishment of the Confederate flag from the races and events is not the first time for NASCAR. In fact, back in 2015, former NASCAR chairman Brian France tried to ban the flying of Confederate flags at race tracks, which was poorly received by fans.
Another establishment calling to ban the use and display of Confederate flags is the US Navy’s top admiral. The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday has ordered that Confederate flags be banned from being on display on naval bases, ships, aircraft, and submarines. Gilday explained that his order is meant to uphold the Navy’s core values: honor, courage, and commitment.