NASCAR Supports S.C. Governor’s Call To Remove Confederate Flag

Jimmie Johnson heads into Turn 1 late in the NASCAR Allstate 400 at the Brickyard auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 26, 2009. Johnson won the race. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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NASCAR on Tuesday expressed support for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s (R) call for the state to remove the Confederate flag from its capitol grounds.

“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,” the NASCAR statement reads. “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.”

As Haley urged the South Carolina legislature to take down the flag after the deadly shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, numerous businesses leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, echoed her concerns.

Walmart and and Sears Holdings Corporation said on Monday that they would stop selling merchandise with the Confederate flag. And eBay on Tuesday announced that it will ban Confederate flags and items depicting the flag from its site.

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