NASCAR’s Only Black Driver Bubba Wallace Wants Confederate Flags Banned From Races: They Have No Place For Them!
Public figures of all industries – including athletes, musicians, and actors – have recently shared their public support of the Black Lives Matter movement after the tragic murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The latest to share their stance is NASCAR’s only Black driver, Bubba Wallace. Bubba Wallace proudly sported a t-shirt which read, “I Can’t Breathe,” in memory of George Floyd and Eric Garner, to this past weekend’s Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Bubba Wallace feels that one change NASCAR can implement to eradicate racism is to ban fans from bringing the Confederate flag to races. Bubba Wallace told CNN’s Don Lemon:
“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.”
NASCAR drivers have joined the growing list of athletes and sports leagues throwing their support behind the nationwide protests against police brutality.
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The 26-year-old continued:
“The narrative on that before is: I wasn’t bothered by it, but I don’t speak for everybody else; I speak for myself; what I am chasing is checkered flags, and that was kind of my narrative. But diving more into it and educating myself, people feel uncomfortable with that. People talk about that. That’s the first thing they bring up. So there’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly, but it’s time for change.”
Bubba, along with other NASCAR drivers, filmed their own PSA on racism. Together they said:
“The events of recent weeks highlighted the work we still need to do as a nation to condemn racial inequality and racism. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others in the black community are heartbreaking … and can no longer be ignored”
“The process begins with us listening and learning because understanding the problem is the first step in fixing it. We are committed to listening with empathy and with an open heart to better educate ourselves. We will use this education to advocate for change in our nation, our communities and most importantly in our own homes. Even after the headlines go away. All of our voices, they make a difference. No matter how big or how small, it is all of our responsibility to no longer be silent. To no longer be silent. We just can’t stay silent. We’ve a long road ahead of us. But let’s commit to make the journey together.”
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