NASCAR Fans Rebel Against Confederate Flag Ban

Even though the Stars and Bars was banned within Talledega Speedway on Sunday as part of NASCAR’s new policy against displaying the Confederate battle flag, outside the track, the initials “PC” stood for “publicly Confederate.”
Earlier this month, NASCAR said the Confederate flag no longer will be allowed at its events.
“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 posted on its website.
“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,” it said.
At the time, NASCAR was racing without fans. On Sunday, Talledega was scheduled to be opened for a limited number of fans for the Geico 500, but rain postponed the event. Cars were set to take to the track Monday afternoon.
Although none of the fans seemed willing to test NASCAR’s rules within the speedway, many let their feelings be known outside.
A two-mile caravan of Confederate flag-bearing vehicles drove past Talladega in protest, according to The New York Times.
“The idea is to do it when people are trying to get in the gate,” said Johnny Wilson, 47, who drove a pickup sporting two Confederate flags.
A caravan of Confederate flags right outside the entrance to Talladega (sent by a friend)
186 people are talking about this
He said NASCAR was thinking of its image, not its fans.
“With everything going on in the world, they’re just trying to get attention for themselves,” he said.

There was a limit to his protest, though.
“I’m going to respect what NASCAR says because I’m a race fan,” Wilson said after putting his flags away to enter the track.
One opinion was visible from inside the stadium: A plane towed a banner of a Confederate flag and the message “Defund NASCAR.”
Some decried NASCAR’s changes.
“They’re running off all the rednecks,” said Becky McDonald, 70, who owns the Mr. Hot Dog stand near the track and has operated it for 30 years.
“It ain’t like it used to be — all the wild children grew up,” she told The Times. “They made the statement, ‘We don’t need the rednecks anymore.’ Well, do you remember who got you here?”
Robert Castello, 68, who owns the nearby Dixie General Store, was doing a brisk business in Confederate flag items.
“People are pushing back,” he said.
“NASCAR’s decline started long before this,” Castello said. “It started when they tried to expand up north and turn it into an international sport. It’s not. It’s Southern.”
Ed Sugg was also doing a good business in rebel flags at his merchandise tent, according to ESPN.
“People are disappointed that NASCAR has taken that stance,” he said. “It’s been around for as long as all of us have been.

“I don’t think anybody really connects it to any kind of racism or anything. It’s just a Southern thing. It’s transparent. It’s just a heritage thing.”
NASCAR Fans Rebel Against Confederate Flag Ban NASCAR Fans Rebel Against Confederate Flag Ban Reviewed by Your Destination on June 23, 2020 Rating: 5

No comments