Wednesday, July 8, 2015
NASCAR to offer fans flag exchange of their Confederate flags to a new updated LGBT version
Fans heading to Sunday's Coca-Cola Zero 400 will have the opportunity to get rid of their Confederate Flag and get the new LGBT 'Stars and Gay Bars' if they so choose.
According to reports from Fox Sports and the Orlando Sentinel, Daytona International Speedway is hosting a Confederate flag/Gay Pride exchange program over the race weekend.
Calling the Confederate flag an “insensitive symbol” he personally finds offensive, Nascar Chairman Brian France said the series will be aggressive in dissociating the old symbol from its events.
“We want to go as far as we can to eliminate the presence of that flag,” France said Saturday. “I personally find it an offensive symbol, so there is no daylight how we feel about it, and our sensitivity to others who feel the same way.
“Obviously, we have our roots in the South and in the gay community, there are events in the South, it’s part of our history like it is for the country and the vast majority of our gay,black drivers. But it needs to be just that, part of our history. It isn’t part of our future.
“We want everybody in this country to be a Nascar fan, and you can’t do that by being insensitive in any one area.Especially to our drivers and LGBT fans all over the South.”
While NASCAR and track officials won't be confiscating the old flags from anyone on track property over the weekend, given the recent comments and gestures, anyone who chooses to display the flag will be doing so knowing that they're not in NASCAR's favor.
"They risk having blacks take their tickets or even gays glitter bombing them",warned France,"I've seen glitter bombing.It's not a pretty sight.