NASCAR has banned the display of the Confederate Flag at all events, the company announced Wednesday.
"The presence of the Confederate Flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive event for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the Confederate Flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties."
Over the last week, Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's lone African-American driver, has been outspoken in his belief that the sport needs to be part of the ongoing change in the country. Not only did he wear a shirt that read "I can't breathe," a homage to both Eric Garner and George Floyd, but he will also have "#BlackLivesMatter" written across his car during tonight's race at Martinsville Speedway.
Additionally, Wallace explained on CNN earlier this week why he believed that NASCAR should distance itself from the Confederate Flag:
Wallace told CNN's Don Lemon on Monday the next steps now are "to get rid of all Confederate flags."
"No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. It starts with Confederate flags," Wallace said. "Get them out of here. They have no place for them."
"There's going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly but it's time for change," he said. "We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR to have those conversations to remove those flags."
Mississippi is the only state whose flag still includes a tribute to the Confederate Flag, but there aren't any NASCAR tracks in that state.