NASCAR banned Confederate flags from all events and properties on Wednesday in a substantial move for a sport steeped in Southern history and at times plagued by racism.
Nationwide protests of police brutality in recent weeks have led to the removal of statues throughout the country honoring people who fought on behalf of slavery in the Civil War. On Tuesday, Bubba Wallace called for Confederate flags to be kept away from NASCAR so the sport could send a message disavowing racism. Other drivers, including Ryan Blaney, came out in support of Wallace's request.
NASCAR in a statement wrote that "the presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry."
While the consensus opinion on social media in response to the announcement seemed to be positive, some fans were upset about the change.
Here is a look at the range of reactions to news NASCAR would ban the Confederate flag:
There were confederate flags at your events?? pic.twitter.com/D2dl1vBk7k
— Stephen A. Smith Burner (@SASBurnerAcct) June 10, 2020
This is the final straw. I’ve been watching NASCAR since the 70s. I used to go races proudly with my pops. All lives matter. Stay out of politics. You lost a fan
— Steven ➐ (@LjsGoat) June 10, 2020
This and now kneeling? If I see them showing kneeling, I’m done with NASCAR!
— Kimberlee K. (@KimiSue56) June 10, 2020
2020 and the confederacy is still taking L's.
— Bobby Mason (@325_Hawks) June 10, 2020
sunglasses avi: whatever football I’ll just watch NASCAR
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) June 10, 2020
The time is always right to do what is right.
Good job, NASCAR.
— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) June 10, 2020
Should have been done a long time ago!
— Tracy Hahn (@tracyhahn1972) June 10, 2020