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NASCAR bans Confederate flag from races and properties

By Matt Becker
NASCAR - cropped

LA, June 11: NASCAR announced on Wednesday the Confederate flag has been banned from flying at its races and properties.

The announcement came one day after Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's sole black driver, called for the banishment of the racist symbol, saying there was "no place" for it in the sport.

The Confederate flag is deeply rooted in the south of the United States, despite being connected to slavery and racism.

"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," NASCAR said in a statement.

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"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 decision to ban the flag came hours before Wednesday's race at Martinsville Speedway.

Wallace, who wore a shirt that read "I Can't Breathe" prior to Sunday's event in Atlanta, will drive a Chevrolet with a special Black Lives Matter paint scheme at Martinsville.

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Story first published: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 3:50 [IST]
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