As our nation continues to rage, those in positions of power are scrambling to come up with a way to appease their righteous anger.
For too long, many of the nation’s larger businesses were happy to provide lip service on the subject of race while still allegedly exploiting the systemic loopholes that got us here in the first place.
Now the American people won’t take no for an answer, and even predominately white and southern NASCAR is getting out ahead of the mob.
NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years.
The move comes after the sport’s single African American driver spoke out.
Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport. At long last, NASCAR obliged.
“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. “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 move was met with a high level of praise from much of social media, but there were predictable pockets of resistance as well.