NASCAR's statement says:
"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."
The flag has long been a message of hatred and division and Wallace asked the governing body to toughen up on their stance against the flag so all would feel welcome at events. "Get them out of here," he said.
Wallace is the only African-American top tier NASCAR driver.
NASCAR made another major change to its policy, noting that going forward, it will allow team members to peacefully protest during prerace ceremonies, removing a guideline that states they must stand. The guidelines were dropped before the race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
NASCAR previously had a specific rule that was noted in a hand out crew chiefs received at the driver and crew chief meeting.
The now removed rule stated:
"DRIVERS & CREW CHIEFS, please advise all your Team members: Conduct during the playing of the National Anthem, taken from the US Flag Code. When the flag is displayed – all persons should face and stand at attention with their right hand over their heart – persons should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart – when the flag is not displayed – all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed."
Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports first reported the absence of this guideline, saying, "It was not in the handout (which contains pit road speed, minimum speed, etc.) for Atlanta and NASCAR does not plan to include it in the handout for future events."
Before the Atlanta race, NASCAR official Kirk Price kneeled during the anthem while saluting the flag and held his fist up during the invocation in honor of those who have died innocently and for victims of racism and police brutality. Price was active duty U.S. Army for three years.
Wallace, who has been outspoken against racism and his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, noted that he wished he saw Price kneeling because he would have joined.
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Nascar has always been the sport of middle America and God. It has been loved and revered as a political free zone....up until now. By allowing people to kneel during the National Anthem, you have jumped onto the liberal political bandwagon. The flag represents America as does the National Anthem. Kneeling is only for God, not a flag. In addition, the flag stands for our military and first defenders. As a FORMER, Nascar fan, I #BacktheBlue.
You have become a part of the cancel culture promoting the the ideology that if you erase history, it will go away. The truth is that we need to learn from the past so we can change the future. We cannot change what we do not know. While the Confederate Flag represents slavery, we have learned from this, that slavery cannot be tolerated.
As a result, Nascar is a dead sport in my house. I will not support Nascar in any way, neither by watching, attending or buying Nascar related products.
Such a shame or should it be, such a sham.
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I'm offended that Bubba Wallace is going to drive with Black Lives Matter displayed all over his vehicle and he is also being allowed to wear similar themed clothing. I demand you prohibit such racist displays and Wallace's vehicle and other related clothing be prohibited! His doing so singles out only black people and, in reality, people of all races matter. Such displays are not indicative of an inclusive environment. Does this mean white, brown, or even yellow lives matter campaigns will be allowed too?
Give me a break! STOP THIS NOW!!!!
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[email protected] You are trying to rewrite history. #BackTheBlue You think I’ll watch now. HELL NO. Like quitting smoking, once you quit you never go back. @TNMORG You have bowed to the leftists #BoycottNascar
4.Did you @NASCAR think we would sit back and not respond to you re-writing history? You folded. First, #BacktheBlue. Second, no more Nascar in my house. You folded and I'm folding on you. @TNMORG #BoycottNascar
5.So now, not only @Nascar, is it ok to re-write history, but now it's ok for America's sport to kneel during the anthem. I only kneel before God. No more Nascar in my house. NONE @TNMORG #BoycottNascar
6.Why play the National Anthem @NASCAR to be disrespected by people kneeling? We need to learn from history & make things better, not get rid of it. You can't change the past, only the future. In my future, no more Nascar @TNMORG #BoycottNascar