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Pro-Confederate Organization’s Member Claim Responsibility For the ‘Defund NASCAR’ Plane Banner Over Talladega

Published 06/22/2020, 11:12 AM EDT

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Yesterday, a banner plane flew over the Talladega Superspeedway with a Confederate flag and a sign saying ‘Defund NASCAR’. According to reports, a person associated with an organization called ‘Sons of Confederates Veterans’ has taken responsibility for the incident.

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The ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans‘ is a nonprofit organization working for descendants of Confederate army veterans. The organization is based in Columbia, Tennessee. Additionally, only male blood-descendants of the veterans can join the nonprofit.

Jenna Fryer, NASCAR journalist, Associated Press reveals the details of the organizations and person who took responsibility for the incident.


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She writes, “A man by the name of Paul C. Gramling, Jr. Commander-in-Chief Sons of Confederate Veterans has claimed via email its plane flew the banner above Talladega.”

After that, she writes that someone identified as Adam Southern, from Tennessee sent the email as a press release.

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The organization primarily works to maintain and protect American Civil War memorials and the confederate flag is a major symbol for the organization. Additionally, they have been in the news for pulling similar stunts.

The move came as a response to NASCAR’s decision to ban the confederate flag from its venues. The decision was taken in light of the recent protests against racial discrimination. However, for some people, the confederate flag is part of their heritage and people aren’t happy with the move.


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Additionally, ‘nascarman’ reports on Twitter that NASCAR had to ban the organization twice from sponsoring cars. He wrote, “NASCAR has banned the Sons of Confederate Veterans from sponsoring cars twice in the past.”

He added, “They tried sponsoring Clay Young at Atlanta back in 1993 and then James Hylton in the ARCA race at Daytona in 2009. Both times they were turned away because of their use of the rebel flag”


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Mrinal Kuniyal has been a contributor to EssentiallSports since early 2020 and has focused on Formula 1, NASCAR, and IndyCar. He's a management graduate and his areas of interest include motorsports, marketing, and music.
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