NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon joins top drivers like Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Jr to come out in support of the ongoing protests against racial discrimination.
Yesterday, Jeff Gordon posted the ‘black photo’ in support of the ongoing protests on Twitter. The ‘black photo’ is making rounds on Twitter and the hashtag ‘blacklivesmatters’ is trending on the platform. Additionally, Jeff Gordon was joined by NASCAR driver Kyle Busch who posted the photo as well.
Currently, Gordon is a NASCAR reporter for Fox Sports. And was last seen competing in the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitation Series.
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) June 2, 2020
Gordon joins Jimmie Johnson and others supporting the protest
Yesterday, NASCAR released its official statement in support of the ‘George Floyd’ protests. Multiple drivers including Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer even talked about the protests during the Bristol post-race interviews.
Additionally, Bubba Wallace, Ty Dillion, Ryan Blaney, and others have already come out in support of the protests. Yesterday, Bubba and Dillion hosted an Instagram live interview to discuss the issue.
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Many people in NASCAR aren’t talking about the protests
After the death of George Floyd in an incident of alleged Police brutality, many cities are witnessing large gatherings and protests against racial discrimination, in addition to seeking ‘justice for George Floyd’.
However, not everyone is vocal about the incident or the protests that followed it.
Last week, Only a few drivers including Bubba, Reddick, and Dillion came out in support of the protests. And more and more people are only coming out after NASCAR gave its official statement a few days ago.
Additionally, Renowned NASCAR journalist Bob Pockrass posted a Tweet on the protests. He gave a mixed statement on the issues and the reaction to his post was mostly negative.
He said, “When society treats some as second-class citizens – thru community investment, schools, the justice system, voting laws that disproportionately impact, at the park, while jogging – it’s not a surprise some don’t protest in a first-class way.”
I've been working but I'm sad & frustrated. When society treats some as second-class citizens – thru community investment, schools, justice system, voting laws that disproportionately impact, at the park, while jogging – it's not a surprise some don't protest in first-class way
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) June 1, 2020