NASCAR bans Confederate flag from events and properties

NASCAR said Wednesday it is banning displays of the Confederate flag at all of its events and properties, saying the symbol goes against the company’s commitment to provide an inclusive environment for fans.

“The presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” NASCAR said in a statement.

A push to remove Confederate imagery and statues has been reignited amid protests over police brutality and racial inequality sparked by the killing of George Floyd last month.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said last week a six-stories-tall monument of Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be removed from Richmond’s Monument Avenue. A Virginia judge temporarily blocked Northam’s order to remove the statue.

Earlier this week in Louisville, Ky., a monument depicting Confederate officer John Breckinridge Castleman was removed.

Nationwide protests broke out across the country after Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day.

Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin was fired and charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers were also fired and have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.