DriveTribe just showed why NASCAR partnership is needed

As I was scrolling DriveTribe, I stumbled across a post on a partnership of NASCAR with Carolinas LGBTQ+ chamber of commerce, and it baffled me

2w ago

After reading, I obviously went into the comment section, which appeared to be a battlefield full of hate. Somehow people still seem to think that what other people do in their bedrooms and who they love still somehow affects their lives. As soon as they read "LGBT" their brain, uhhh excuse me, you can't use something you don't have, their instincts immediately jumped onto "woke", "retarded" and "brain rot".

They think the racing will be affected by this, they're correct in this, except that the racing will be affected positively.

These kinds of collaborations and programs have as goal to improve awareness and inclusiveness, it's very easy to see why. Because last year for instance the NASCAR fan who designed the header image livery got a lot of hate comments, just because he's an ally, how little brain do you want?!?!

How will these partnerships help?

Very simple, raising awareness among the community can do wonders. It will let LGBTQ+ drivers know that the racing series is a safe place to be and drive. Coming out isn't that easy, especially if you have no idea how for instance your team members will react if they don't talk about itWithout any knowledge of the acceptance within this industry it can be really hard to choose a career as a racer or in a race team, especially considering racing drivers are getting quite some attention from a lot of people. Knowing they're supportive will make a huge difference. It's not only racers, team managers, mechanics but also fans who will be encouraged to attend races and be a part of them. But also -and not unimportant- it has a teaching role, motor-racing reaches a huge amount of people. When they show they care about inclusivity it will translate into more supportive attitudes among participants and fans outside the sport.

Scientific research revealed that the more people see/hear from the LGBTQ+ community, the more normal they'll experience it. Resulting in less homophobic actions and fewer mental problems among the community.

And again, all these hate comments on a simple post like that, or a simple Instagram photo, a tweet or a Facebook post are really showing why this is necessary.

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Comments (14)

  • I agree, people shouldn't get so defensive and worked up over this, it has nothing to do with being woke it's just being inclusive and that's a positive thing for everyone.

      14 days ago
  • I agree with you there

      14 days ago
  • I'm 100% with you on this. The more exposure these issues get from places big enough to make positive change the better.

      13 days ago
  • I agree; the more people talk about inclusivity the more normal it becomes in society as a whole. NASCAR fans however, as a generalization, aren't open minded people. Many of them are proud of their racism and homophobia. Hence; all the hate that comes in NASCAR threads on the topics.

      13 days ago
    • Yeahhhh i know, but even if 10 people suddenly found a brain cell and see they were wrong Id count it as a win

        13 days ago
    • I agree to an extent I think that it's only a few stubborn fans, I personally am happy to see they're advocating for inclusion and so are most NASCAR fans I know. However I also see the fans you talked about especially on the other article...

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        13 days ago
  • diversity like this shouldn't matter, racing (or any other sport) should be based on skill

      13 days ago
    • Yes but unfortunately society doesn't always agree on that. Lgbtq+ sporters still can have difficult times

      When it wouldn't matter if you're gay, straight, trans or whatever these things, organisations won't be necessary

        13 days ago
    • no, I agree, people should be able to do what they want, but when somebody who is better qualified is passed up in the name of "diversity" that, i can't stand for at all

        13 days ago