NASCAR has announced that it will be imposing a full ban on the confederate flag at all its racing events.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to hear what they've had to say on their groundbreaking decision...
This month, thousands of people have been standing up against the blatant racism happening across the country.
via: GettyThe Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
Let's start from the beginning.
via: GettyOn Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe." He died in this restraint aged only forty-six-years-old.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyAnd George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Things have been quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It's a truly terrifying time.
via: GettyBut change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to achieve that.
And, remarkably, it seems to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
The car-racing organization, NASCAR, recently made an announcement regarding the movement...And they are deciding to put an end to something that has caused controversy for quite some time.
For years now, the organization has allowed the confederate flag to fly at their events.
via: GettyFor a bit of context...
Modern displays of the confederate flag are surrounded in controversy.
via: GettyThe flag's design was originally created to signify a divided nation following the 1861 Civil War.
Today, it is primarily associated with the alt-right and racist groups...
via: GettyAnd, controversially, the flag has continued to be displayed at NASCAR events.
For decades now, the flag has been present at their racing events...And President Trump has commended them for their stance against Colin Kaepernick's kneel during the national anthem.
But, this week, NASCAR driver, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace, who is the only black driver, called for such displays to be prohibited.
via: Getty"My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags. No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race," he told CNN. “So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them."
On Sunday, NASCAR held a moment of silence to commemorate the death of George Floyd...
via: GettyAnd Wallace could be seen wearing a T-shirt reading: “I can’t breathe" ahead of the race.
His car was even dedicated to the cause.
Three looks at @BubbaWallace's car for tonight's race at Martinsville. https://t.co/8ILu6gXRWU— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCAR on NBC)1591802286.0
But now, the organization has taken things one step further.
via: GettyOn Wednesday, they announced that the confederate flag is now banned from all of their racing events.
On Twitter, they said:
https://t.co/gJkIfVf3Ba— NASCAR (@NASCAR)1591821918.0
This is a huge step forward in the fight against racism.
@MSNBC Never understood why people want to fly the #TreasonRag. It belongs in a museum with other relics of the past.— James Blond 🍸🍸🍸 (@James Blond 🍸🍸🍸)1591892188.0