NASCAR Has Banned Confederate Flags From All Events

Yesterday, NASCAR announced that it will prohibit any images or displays of the Confederate flag at future events, including races. To further explain the decision, NASCAR put out a statement on its website.

“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 statement comes just days after the U.S. Navy announced it too is working to ban the Confederate flag from all “installations, ships, aircraft and submarines.”

At Martinsville Wednesday night, Richard Petty Motorsports provided a #BlackLivesMatter wrapped car for Bubba Wallace. Currently, Wallace is the only African-American competing in the NASCAR Cup Series and has become a key figure in NASCAR’s response to the recent social issues.