By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NASCAR announced on Wednesday that they are banning the confederate flag from all of their events moving forward. The announcement was made before the Cup Series continued their season at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. without fans in attendance.
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace — the sports’ lone black driver in the Cup Series — has been outspoken on the issue in recent days. He said that he felt like the confederate flag should not be at the races.
“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,” the governing body said in a statement. “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.”
There are three versions of the Confederate Flag. However, the one that has been used since 1865 is the one that most people have seen.
It is called the “Blood Stained Banner.” The Flag Act of 1865, which was passed by the Confederate Congress, said the flag was:
The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That the flag of the Confederate States shall be as follows: The width two-thirds of its length, with the union (now used as the battle flag) to be in width three-fifths of the width of the flag, and so proportioned as to leave the length of the field on the side of the union twice the width of the field below it; to have the ground red and a broad blue saltire thereon, bordered with white and emblazoned with mullets or five pointed stars, corresponding in number to that of the Confederate States; the field to be white, except the outer half from the union to be a red bar extending the width of the flag.
Most of the time, the Confederate Flag can be found in the Southern part of the United States. It is also known as the “Dixie Flag,” “Rebel Flag,” or the “Southern Cross.” While it was accepted for years, now in the 21st century, the Confederate Flag has been divisive and a polarizing symbol in the history of the United States with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Wallace sported a Black Lives Matter shirt on Sunday when the Cup Series raced at Atlanta.
NBC Sports is also reporting that NASCAR has relaxed their policies on protesting at events. Kirk Price — a NASCAR official — took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday in Atlanta.
Price and others will be able to do this moving forward, as the sport has allowed protesting during the pre-race ceremonies.
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