Austin Dillon On Confederate Flag: ‘It’s Definitely A Part Of NASCAR’
Jake ODonnell 10:11 am, July 07th, 2015
How a relatively normal human being could have the balls to travel 200 mph in a car but can't muster the courage to say "The Confederate flag is a symbol of hatred" is beyond me. After crashing into the barrier at Daytona during Sunday's Coke Zero 400, Austin Dillon -- who seems like a nice dude -- went on SportsCenter Tuesday morning, where Kevin Negandhi asked him about the overabundance of Confederate flags at the event.
For the record, NASCAR held a flag exchange to give fans the chance to show the world that they're not the whitest, angriest, most blood-thirsty/racist sports fans in America. They responded by flying even more of the damn things.
Dillon's response to this embarrassing showing of ignorance was guarded and careful but telling.
"For me, you know, I think that it's definitely a part of NASCAR," he said. "It's been there for a long time."
Look, no one is asking anyone to question an individual's right to be a racist, but let's not pretend like the people flying that flag are anything but. When will a prominent NASCAR driver come out and say why there aren't any black or hispanic fans waving the battle flag of an all-white secessionist army that fought to keep black human beings as slaves? It's a horrible look for the sport and someone needs to be an adult about it. The civilized world is waiting...
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