NASCAR restates Confederate flag ban in wake of Charleston tragedy

Confederate flags can still be seen in the infield at NASCAR races. (Getty Images)
Confederate flags can still be seen in the infield at NASCAR races. (Getty Images)
Confederate flags can still be seen in the infield at NASCAR races. (Getty Images)

A day after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state Capitol NASCAR restated its policy Tuesday against displaying the flag and showed its support for the Governor’s position. The statements come less than a week after a 21-year-old white man gunned down nine people at a historic African American church in Charleston.

Support for the Confederate flag to come down has come from leaders around the state and around the country. The debate has been steadily growing in the wake of the deadly attack. NASCAR’s policy has been in place for several years.

“As we continue to mourn the tragic loss of life last week in Charleston, we join our nation’s embrace of those impacted. NASCAR supports the position that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley took on the Confederate Flag on Monday. As our industry works collectively to ensure that all fans are welcome at our races, NASCAR will continue our long-standing policy to disallow the use of the Confederate Flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity. While NASCAR recognizes that freedom of expression is an inherent right of all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events.”

NASCAR’s longstanding policy “prohibits displays of the Confederate flag on its cars, uniforms, licensed merchandise or in advertisements. There’s no official ban on spectators bringing flags to the track, or wearing T-shirts decorated with the symbol MORE>>>

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