NASCAR Bans Confederate Flag, Driver Quits In Protest

With protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police sweeping the nation and overtaking cities, brands and organizations have taken varying degrees of action to show their support or adjust policies to finally fit in with the times. In the case of NASCAR, this meant banning the Confederate Flag from being waved, worn, or shown during their races. 

Whether or not you think the Confederate Flag represents hatred and oppression, it’s clear that this move was designed to make NASCAR events a safer and more inclusive space for all fans. Bubba Wallace, the only full-time African American NASCAR driver, challenged the sport to ban the Confederate Flag and has subsequently praised the move, saying “Props to NASCAR and everybody involved,” “It creates doors and allows the community to come together as one.”

On the other side of the spectrum, you have driver Ray Ciccarelli, who’s quitting the sport entirely due to the ban. 

If you’ve never heard of Ciccarelli before, you’re certainly not alone. For starters, he drives in the NASCAR Truck Series, which many people didn’t know existed in the first place. On top of that, this dude has never won a single race. Ever. Not even one time! He’s finished in the Top 10 once, which isn’t much of a flex when you’re already driving in the baby league. Needless to say, this isn’t the biggest blow to the sport and we doubt that many fans will miss Ray’s presence (or lack thereof) on the track. The response to the ban has overall been positive, but who knows what kind of impact it will have on attendance. Fewer hateful folks, hopefully!

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