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NASCAR issues statement regarding Confederate flag

By AMANDA VINCENT

In the wake of a re-sparked debate regarding the Confederate flag since the killing of nine black individuals during a church service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, NASCAR released the following statement on Tuesday:

“As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of life last week in Charleston, we join our nation’s embrace of those impacted. NASCAR supports the position that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley took on the Confederate Flag on Monday. As our industry works collectively to ensure that all fans are welcome at our races, NASCAR will continue our long-standing policy to disallow the use of the Confederate Flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity. While NASCAR recognizes that freedom of expression is an inherent right of all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events.”

Confederate flags are a common sight at camprounds in and around NASCAR tracks during race weekends, especially at tracks in the Southeast. NASCAR’s statement says the flag will not be used in an “official NASCAR capacity,” but it hasn’t been used by the sanctioning body in several years in an official capacity, anyway. In the past Confederate flag was often used in promotional materials advertising the Southern 500, one of NASCAR’s “crown jewel” races hosted by Darlington (S.C.) Raceway

The flags in question displayed in an around the race track these days are displayed by fans. The above statement from NASCAR doesn’t prohibit fans from displaying the flag, But it does take a tone of discouraging the display of the flag by saying, “While NASCAAR recognizes that freedom of expression is an inherent right to all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events.”

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