Sons of Confederate Veterans claim responsibility for Talladega flyover

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

We now know who was behind the Confederate flag flying over Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday in Talladega, Alabama. The Sons of Confederate Veterans have claimed responsibility for the act.

The group hired a pilot to fly over the track several hours before the race was scheduled to start. The race, due to weather, was actually pushed to Monday.

Confederate Flag
Confederate Flag (Photo by Pixabay)

“NASCAR’s banning the display of the Confederate battle flag by its fans is nothing less than trampling upon Southerners’ First Amendment Right of free expression,” Sons of Confederate Veterans Commander in Chief Paul C. Gramling Jr. said. “This un-American act shall not go unchallenged. [On Sunday], members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ Confederate Air Force displayed its disapproval of NASCAR’s trampling upon the First Amendment Rights of Southerners. During and before the start of the NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama, our plane flew a banner announcing a drive to ‘Defund NASCAR.’

“It is the hope of the Sons of Confederate Veterans that NASCAR fans will be allowed the fundamental American right of displaying pride in their family and heritage. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is proud of the diversity of the Confederate military and our modern Southland. We believe NASCAR’s slandering of our Southern heritage only further divides our nation. The Sons of Confederate Veterans will continue to defend not only our right, but the Rights of all Americans to celebrate their heritage. We trust NASCAR will do the same.”

According to their statement of purpose, We, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, having been commissioned by the Confederate Veterans themselves, retain our responsibility and right to adhere to the founding principles of the United States of America remembering the bravery, defending the honor and protecting the memory of our beloved Confederate Veterans, which includes their memorials, images, symbols, monuments, and grave sites for ourselves and future generations.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans claim that there may be more flyovers in the future.

NASCAR says that they are moving forward with their ban of the Confederate flag. This past weekend, at least Saturday through Monday, people were outside the venue with their own Confederate flags.

We do not know of any potential incidents, where a person may have attempted to bring the flag into the venue.

Bubba Wallace caused NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag. Two days after saying that the flags make him feel uncomfortable due to slavery, the flag was banned by the governing body on June 10th.

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