NASCAR announced on Wednesday that it will ban the use of Confederate flags in all of its venues.
NASCAR said in its statement,
“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.
In a report by the Associated Press, it said, that “the issue was pushed to the forefront this week by Bubba Wallace,” NASCAR’s lone black racer and a native to Alabama.
Wallace called for the abolishment of the Confederate flag saying that the flag does not have a place for the sport.
The move was announced before Wednesday night’s race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, where Wallace drove his Richard Petty Motorsports’ No. 43 Chevrolet, painted with a #BlackLivesMatter scheme.
Some celebrities have supported the move, although some people are not very happy about it.
Confederate flags had been a common sight at NASCAR races for more than 70 years.