Last Monday’s Geico 500 at Talladega was NASCAR’s first race with fans since banning the Confederate flag last week. Several hundred fans showed up with confederate flags in protest.
Though none were allowed in the stadium for the race, the flag was still on display. One fan flew a plane over the track with a Confederate flag banner that read “Defund NASCAR,” and the parking lots were full of Confederate flags.
Bubba Wallace, a vocal advocate in getting the banners banned, was unfazed by the demonstrations outside the racetrack.
“It’s their right to peaceful protest my man, so it’s part of it,”
Wallace said on FOX Sports.
“But you won’t see them inside the racetrack where we’re having a good time with the new fans who have purchased their tickets, purchased their favorite driver’s apparel. You won’t see it flying in there. Outside they’re just going to be making a lot of noise. You know, it’s part of it. It’s exactly what you see on the flip-side of everything going on in cities as they peacefully protest. But you won’t see cops pepper spraying them and shooting them with rubber bullets, will you?”
Maybe because Confederate flag protesters wont be rioting and looting?
“No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race,” Wallace said on CNN. “So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them. There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly, but it’s time for change. We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR — we will have those conversations to remove those flags.”