NASCAR, a sport built on Confederate flags and white pride, will not tolerate national anthem protests against racial injustice.
In a not so subtle endorsement of white supremacy, team owners said Sunday they would not tolerate any protesting during the national anthem, with owners warning that anyone in their employment not standing during the national anthem would be fired.
Team owner Richard Childress declared anyone working for him should show appropriate “respect” for the anthem or they would be fired, warning:
It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.
Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.
Echoing the sentiment of owners, and many white nationalists, Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty said:
Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.
When asked if he would fire anthem protesters, Petty said:
And, in fact, as a whole, NASCAR rejected national anthem protests. Associated Press reports “no drivers, crew or other team members participated in a protest during the national anthem to start the NASCAR Cup series race Sunday in Loudon, New Hampshire.”
On Twitter, President Donald Trump rejoiced at NASCAR’s rejection of the national anthem protests:
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
However, while NASCAR will not tolerate national anthem protests, they will tolerate the Confederate flag, and the ugly white supremacy symbolized by that deplorable symbol of treason, bigotry and racial hatred.
Indeed, many people went on Twitter to point out NASCAR’s deplorable relationship with the Confederate flag:
sports is a “unifying experience”…except for the sea of Confederate flags at NASCAR events https://t.co/gkqJSuR0l8
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) September 25, 2017
— Donald J. Trump (@RealDonaldTrFan) September 25, 2017
It’s good to see NASCAR is standing up for the flag. Because I mean, to do otherwise would be unpatriotic. pic.twitter.com/IddtrL2AcJ
— Rob Silver (@RobSilver) September 24, 2017
Since 2016, professional athletes have protested racial inequality and police brutality during the playing of the United States’ national anthem.
Bottom line: NASCAR doesn’t want anyone protesting racial injustice, but they will gladly coddle white supremacists wallowing in racism while waving their Confederate flags.