Confederate flags are seen flying over the infield campground previous to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 6, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina.
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NASCAR mentioned Wednesday that it’s is banning the show of the Confederate flag at all events and properties of the auto-racing big.
The determination comes greater than two weeks after a black man, George Floyd, died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes.
The incident ignited protests nationwide, and triggered calls for that symbols of the Confederacy be faraway from public locations.
“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 mentioned in a ready assertion that was issued earlier than its race Wednesday night time at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
“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.”
On Sunday, the racer Bubba Wallace, the one black full-time driver on the NASCAR circuit, wore a shirt bearing the phrases “I Can’t Breathe/Black Lives Matter” earlier than a race in Atlanta.
“My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags,” Wallace mentioned in a CNN interview the next day.
“No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”
Before Sunday’s race in Atlanta, the 40 automobiles on the observe stopped in entrance of grandstands and shut off their engines.
NASCAR President Steve Phelps delivered a message over driver’s radio units.
“Our country is in pain and people are justifiably angry, demanding to be heard,” Phelps mentioned. “The black community and all people of color have suffered in our country, and it has taken far too long for us to hear their demands for change. Our sport must do better. Our country must do better.”
“The time is now to listen, to understand and to stand against racism and racial injustice,” Phelps mentioned. “We ask our drivers, our competitors and all our fans to join us in this mission, to take a moment of reflection, to acknowledge that we must do better as a sport, and join us as we now pause and take a moment to listen.”
Earlier Wednesday, President Donald Trump mentioned that he is not going to enable the names of U.S. Army bases which might be named after generals who fought for slave-holding states of the Confederacy within the Civil War to be modified.
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