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NASCAR Bans the Confederate Flag

11:00 June 16, 2020
By: Caroline Hebert

According to Cleveland.com, NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag and also removed the rule that team members are required to stand during the national anthem. As a result, driver Ray Ciccarelli announced that he is quitting after the season. He posted a rant on his Facebook page, saying that he doesn't believe in kneeling during the anthem nor stopping people from flying any flag they choose. He added that he will not support what he refers to as "political BS."

Afterwards, he deleted not only the post, but his entire Facebook page.

Bubba Wallace, the only black driver in NASCAR's top-tier Cup Series, sought to have the Confederate flag banned at races. Wallace's car was adorned with "#blacklivesmatter" on the sides to show support.

"No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So, it starts with Confederate flags," Wallace said. "Get them out of here. They have no place for them."

NASCAR agreed, saying in a statement, "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."

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