NASCAR Officially Bans All Confederate Flags at Racetracks, Days After Bubba Wallace’s Comments
By ESPN // June 10, 2020
(ESPN) – Two days after Bubba Wallace called for NASCAR to ban all Confederate flags at racetracks, the organization did just that.
NASCAR communications put out the following statement Wednesday:
“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.”
Wallace, the circuit’s only black full-time driver, had told CNN Monday: “My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags. 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.”
Wallace, who drives the No. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports, recognizes his position will not sit well with some people.
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