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Bubba Wallace Calls Out NASCAR to Ban the Confederate Flag

Published 06/09/2020, 10:42 AM EDT

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The death of George Floyd has truly left the United States reeling, especially the African-American community. One person who has been affected is NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. Being an African-American himself, Floyd’s death hits closer to home.

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Ahead of Sunday’s race in Atlanta, Wallace wore an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt under his overalls. Now, he insists that the next step is to rid the racetracks of the American confederate flag.

Wallace is well-known for being the first full-time African-American driver in the Cup Series since 1971. On that day, his fashion choice reflected his solidarity with protesters around the world.


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Bubba Wallace and millions of others have called for justice in the death of George Floyd. The incident sparked when Minneapolis police used unnecessary brute force while allegedly apprehending an unarmed Floyd. Tragically, he died after Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck, effectively choking him to death.

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With protests raging across the country, some state authorities have responded. For example, officials have begun removing confederate monuments in some states and military bases are taking away confederate paraphernalia. Wallace told CNN that the next step in the cleansing process is “to get rid of all confederate flags.”

“No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. It starts with confederate flags,” Wallace said. “Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”


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Initially Bubba Wallace never paid much attention to the confederate flag’s significance. However, after he educated himself he realised that it make many people uncomfortable.

“There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly but it’s time for change,” he declared. “We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR to have those conversations to remove those flags.”

“We should not be able to have an argument over that. It is a thick line we cannot cross anymore.”


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Dhruv George


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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.
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