In the wake of the George Floyd murder and nationwide protests and riots against police and racism, the old Confederacy and its symbols have once again resurfaced as a point of debate.
Breitbart reported that after Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in NASCAR’s premier racing series, drove a Black Lives Matter car in a race and called for a ban against the Confederate flag, the organization immediately ceded to that demand.
“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 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.”
NASCAR had already taken an official stand against the Confederate flag as an organization in 2015, but fans in attendance at events were still permitted to fly the flag if they desired.
That will no longer be permitted, as the flag has now been banned entirely from the grandstands and infield, though it remains unclear how that prohibition will be enforced going forward.
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