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Panthers, NASCAR can and should do more to help banish the Confederate flag

Say no to racism

Image: www.fifa.com

It’s great that conservative politicians, business leaders and sports moguls are speaking out in favor of ending government displays of the Confederate flag.

As Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said the other day: “Divisive symbols and actions should not stand in conflict to progress, healing and the unification of all our citizens.”

Even the folks at NASCAR (who, to their credit,  have previously spoken out against laws designed to preserve marriage discrimination) chimed in by saying they would “continue our long-standing policy to disallow the use of the Confederate flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity.”

Of course, as anyone who has attended a NASCAR race or big-time football game in many parts of the country can attest, just because the flag is not officially a part of the festivities doesn’t mean it’s not widely and prominently displayed. Try hanging out in the infield at a NASCAR race (or the campgrounds that surround the tracks) or tailgating before a Panthers game (or the games of any number of college teams) and you’ll see all you want of this hateful symbol.

Of course, attempting to ban such displays would be problematic in numerous ways and raise all kinds of First Amendment issues, so that’s likely not the way to go. But that doesn’t mean that the NASCAR and football folks can’t get a whole lot more proactive and energetic in countering the flag and its message.

Even the corrupt knuckleheads at FIFA who preside over world soccer long ago took to making the message “Say No to Racism” a regular and prominent feature in the events they sanction as a direct response to the racist acts that have been perpetrated by soccer hooligans (see the above photo).

If NASCAR and American football bosses are really serious about opposing the display of the Confederate flag and combating its racist message, the least they could do is to follow FIFA’s lead and develop genuine and visible anti-racism campaigns of their own. Heck, the NFL dresses its players and officials in pink the entire month of October each year to support breast cancer awareness. And NASCAR races are nothing but three-to-four hour TV commercials each week.

How about a new symbol on all cars and player uniforms that features a Confederate flag crossed out or some other symbol of racial harmony and progress?

Come on guys — if you’re really serious about this, do more than speak out on issues that are already decided and put a little skin of your own in the game.

3 Comments


  1. Mayor McCheese

    June 24, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    How exactly has it “already been decided”? I foresee a HUGE backlash from NASCAR fans. For that matter, the SC legislature hasn’t even begun debating the flag. Your “we are the wave of the future” hubris is unbelievably tiresome.

    Oh, and 46-48% is not a “tipping point” on SSM. It’s not even a plurality. Grow up and get real.

  2. Mayor McCheese

    June 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Your smugness does progressivism no favors. This why the Justice Center is a joke.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    June 25, 2015 at 8:34 am

    McCheese, I was wondering the same thinga as I read this. As far as I am concerned the teams have done all they need to. We don’t need stickers and patches in this day and time, and we are preached the holier than thou message everywhere else. We just need to move on and get to watch sports as one of the few places without a=the progressive propaganda machine.

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