The BLM movement changed NASCAR for the better

In my second article I give a brief history on the Rebel Flag in NASCAR and how Bubba Wallace changed NASCAR for the better

Nathan A posted in NASCAR
1w ago

For a long time the word Rebel was synonomus with NASCAR and so was the famous "Rebel Flag". Many people would fly this flag at NASCAR races as a symbol of so called "Southern Pride" but is that really a good reason to fly a flag that was a symbol of racism and hate? I don't think so. I happened to read a book on the famous rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd and it described a time when the lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and his friend Gene Odom attended the 1964 Jacksonville 200 they would observe the race from along backstretch and it just so happens that Wendell Scott would win that race and become the first african american to win in NASCAR's top series. Many people were upset about him winning and they didn't even give the trophy to him. All because he was black.

Up until 1983 the spring race at Darlington Raceway was known as the Rebel 400 this just digusts me that they would give such a name to a race. Back in the day the south was a nasty place for african americans they were discriminated and often murdered simply for being black. There was very little involvement with african americans in NASCAR until 2017 when Bubba Wallace entered NASCAR.

It took some time for Bubba to realize what was going on in NASCAR and eventually after the wrongful murder of George Floyd and the massive growth of the BLM movement. Bubba finally decided to take a stand and stop the flying of the Rebel Flag. NASCAR gladly obliged and the flag was therefore banned from NASCAR races. What irks me though is I attended the 2020 NASCAR All Star Race at Bristol and some guy had the bright idea to fly his plane over the track with a confederate flag banner behind his plane. I just can't believe people want to fly a symbol of racism and hate just because they think it represents their "Southern Pride". The flag doesn't represent your pride it represents hate! The confederate soldiers would fly that flag at battles and now people think they can fly it to represent their southern heritage.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

I hope that day will come soon Martin while you are gone your fighting spirit will never be gone. It flows through each and everyone one of us and that means that, You! Yes! You! Can make a change in the world whether in your neighborhood, your school, even the world! All it takes is courage, hope, and a fighting spirit.

Remember this: "Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars." ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Comments (12)

  • My reasoning for this article is to bring attention to the impact Bubba Wallace had on nascar being part african american myself I felt this article was necessary.

      13 days ago
    • Yeah agreed. I can't believe that some people said that Bubba got his Talladega win handed to him. sigh

        13 days ago
    • Yep. He won that race just as much as any other superspeedway winner, getting the car out front and controlling the field very well. Hopefully he’ll get 23XI to wins on a variety of circuits, and that will really come with equipment, but I’m...

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        11 days ago
  • Great article Nathan! NASCAR has a rough history regarding this, and it’s good to see the sport both acknowledging that and moving forward. Bubba’s win was a great, and moving, step that win. There will always be fans who don’t agree, but good to see the sport moving away from them.

      11 days ago
  • Can we bring some more attention to this? I didn't write this article for it to go unnoticed. I want to bring attention to this! It's important that the people be educated! sorry if I sound aggressive lol

      13 days ago
  • How do you guys feel about Bubba Wallace?

      13 days ago
  • Very well said.

      13 days ago