It just got worse folks. Now they can protest pre-race Anthem
Posted by BethNJ on 6/10/2020, 5:35 pm
Well, it just got worse folks. |
NASCAR has removed guidelines that team members must stand for the national anthem, opening the way for peaceful protests during pre-race ceremonies.
NASCAR eliminated the guidelines before last weekendís race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR official Kirk Price kneeled during the invocation and raised a fist. Price, who served on active duty in the U.S. Army for three years, remained kneeling during the anthem while he saluted the flag.
Bubba Wallace praised Price in an interview this week on CNN.
ďIf I would have seen it, I would have went there and stood next to him, kneeled next to him because itís such a powerful move,Ē said Wallace, the lone black driver competing in NASCARís top series. ďA man, an incredible man, who has served our country, kneeling down. People think itís disrespecting the flag and going against our military, and itís definitely not.
ďI was so uneducated what the kneeling meant when it started but now reading about it and what it stands for Ö and Iím still doing a lot of learning myself, donít get me wrong, I donít know everything about whatís going on in the world but thatís what we are trying to deliver the message. Listen and learn to be able to better educate ourselves.Ē
NASCARís change on requirements for team members during the anthem was first reported by Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports. The Cup Series races tonight at Martinsville Speedway (7 p.m. ET, FS1).
Previously, crew chiefs were given a handout at the driver/crew chief meeting that included the following at the bottom of the page:
DRIVERS & CREW CHIEFS, please advise all your Team members: Conduct during the playing of the National Anthem, taken from the US Flag Code. When the flag is displayed Ė all persons should face and stand at attention with their right hand over their heart Ė persons should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart Ė when the flag is not displayed Ė all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
That section has been eliminated. The change in policy comes less than three years after two car owners said they were against protest during the national anthem.
My "2016" saying is:
"All racers, mess a lot with Lagano" What goes around comes around". Lagano
**Praying daily for all my Posse family here**
Goooooooooo Teams Elliott, Byron, Blaney, Larson, JJ
Link: Now they can take a knee during Anthem at races