Many fans just want NASCAR to stick to one thing — racing. They’re not interested in venturing into controversial social issue; just look at the Camping World fiasco and fans’ reaction to it.
But NASCAR as done just that. As per ESPN, NASCAR President Brent Dewar put out a statement that addresses issues of bigotry and racism.
“NASCAR brings fans of all different backgrounds and points of view together to celebrate one thing they all have in common – a love for NASCAR. We are saddened by recent tragic events around the world and feel strongly there is no place for bigotry, racism, hatred or violence in our society.”
In a vacuum, that’s a perfectly reasonable statement. There is no place for “bigotry, racism, hatred or violence in our society,” a point that the vast majority of American’s agree with. And just as “around the world” could mean terrorists events overseas — most recently in Spain and Nigeria — it also could mean Charlottsville, which has become a lightening rod for some fans. The point of contention tends not to be condemning violence and racism, but the unrelenting criticism President Trump has received — even from members of his own party — for what some believe to be a weak response in condemning white supremacists.
Not only that, some fans will simply wonder why NASCAR has to say anything. What do you think of the statement?