FOX News is reporting the NAACP may boycott the NASCAR season ending race in Miami over concerns raised over the flying of the Confederate flag.
Here’s some snippets from the article:
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston told FOXNews.com that NASCAR’s “longstanding policy” prohibits displays of the Confederate flag on its cars, uniforms, licensed merchandise or in advertisements.
“You’re not going to see the flag or the symbol on any of those things,” Poston said. “It’s been that way for a very long time.”
Homestead-Miami Motor Speedway President Curtis Gray said spectators are not permitted to wave large flags of any sort in the stands because of safety concerns, and to prevent them from obstructing the view.
Brandon Hensler, a spokesman for American Civil Liberties Union’s Florida chapter, said bringing a Confederate flag to the race or any public event would be protected speech.
“If someone wants to show up with a shirt like that, there’d be no legal recourse for that,” Hensler said. “Unless there’s a specific threat, all speech is protected.”
The potential flag flap at Homestead would not be the first racial discrimination protest at the 65,000-seat raceway. A group called the National Association for Minority Race Fans reportedly held a two-hour protest prior to a race in 2004. Seeking to provide a safe and equal environment for minority motor sports fans, members of the group offered an American flag to anyone who relinquished a Confederate flag, The Miami Herald reported.
I find this interesting because I thought the NAACP would have more pressing concerns on their plate, but I guess a few fans showing up with Confederate flags on their cars or shirts is reason enough for them to boycott a huge, profitable event for the city.
Let’s be clear here, NASCAR doesn’t own the track, and the track already has a strong policy, so I’m not sure why the NAACP is considering a boycott. It would probably do that organization better if it tried to educate the few fans with the flags. Do what was done in 2004 and offer a flag trade. Anything but a boycott.
When the facts are presented, I’m afraid it will only make the NAACP look foolish.