NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace wants to get rid of Confederate flag racetracks

Wallace, the first African-American driver in a cup series since 1971, wore a T-shirt in solidarity with protesters around the world calling for justice in George Floyd’s death, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of Minneapolis police. As the protests lasted, officials in Virginia have begun actions to remove Confederate monuments in some states and military bases confiscate Confederate supplies.

Wallace told CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday that the next steps were “to get rid of all Confederate flags.”

“No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a race at NASCAR. It all starts with Confederate flags,” Wallace said. “Get them out of here. They have no place for them.”

At first, the Confederate flag didn’t bother him, Wallace said, but once he’s educated, he sees how embarrassing it makes people.

“There will be a lot of angry people proudly carrying those flags, but it’s time for a change,” he said. “We need to change that and I encourage NASCAR to conduct those talks to remove those flags.”

If fans disagree, Wallace said they can “go back to the path you came from”.

“We shouldn’t be in a position around that,” he said. “It’s a thick line we can’t cross anymore.”

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