Perhaps no sport is more associated with the confederate flag than NASCAR.
So it can as quite a shock today when the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, headquartered in the southern city of Daytona Beach, Florida, announced that henceforth Confederate flags would be banned from all NASCAR events and properties.
“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. 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,” a statement issued by the auto racing organization said.
The move was greeted with disbelief and dismay from hard-core confederate sympathizers among the NASCAR fanbase and they let their displeasure at the cultural shift be known through their social media posts.
this is discusting! I've been a lifelong NASCAR fan since 2017 and I'm going to be sick!! You let the libs win!!!!
— SportsCenter (@TotalToughScene) June 10, 2020
This is the last straw.
I have been watching NASCAR events for 10 years and I have weathered all of the sjw bulshit.
I'm cancelling my subscription and myself, my wife, and her boyfriend will not be watching any further NASCAR events. you have lost a valuable customer today
— The Mx The Myth The Legend (@Devon_OnEarth) June 10, 2020
Canceling your wife’s boyfriend’s subscription?!?! Man, that’s harsh!
Despite the people claiming that the move to ban displays of confederate paraphernalia was an insult to their slave-owning heritage, others applauded NASCAR’s new policy as a welcome and long-overdue change.
hey relax, NASCAR flies the real confederate flag at the start of the final lap
— Chad Loder (@chadloder) June 10, 2020
I probably wouldn't brag about the fact that my ancestors were traitors trying to overthrow the US government. Just saying. pic.twitter.com/gerlLePYie
— Ronnie Bissinger (@RonnieBissinger) June 10, 2020
how many will wear confederate underwear to make themselves feel more at home?
— Joseph (@joetweets1987) June 10, 2020
— Laura Peconick (@LauraPeconick) June 10, 2020
Another way to think about this is that the @TheSimpsons has been on the air almost 8x longer than the Confederacy had been in existence. Homer is heritage. Not hate.
— Sky Mirror (@Real_Sky_Mirror) June 10, 2020
— MegMegMcGee (@MegMegMcGee) June 10, 2020
— Chet Porter (@RavenscoonNest) June 10, 2020
The rejection of the confederate flag by NASCAR is a cause of major celebrations for many people.
Might we suggest that you go to your favorite music streaming service, search for the second, self-titled album by The Band, and play the following song to commemorate the occasion?
“The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing
They went, “Na, la, la, la, na, na
La la, na, na, la, la, la, la, la”
Now that sounds great! One more time in three-part harmony!
Old Dixie is taking a long time, but hopefully, it’s down for good.
All hail a New Dixie, free of racism and divisive symbols!
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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.