NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace calls for end of Confederate flag at tracks

NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace calls for end of Confederate flag at tracks
Bubba Wallace (43) wears a "I Can't Breath, Black Lives Matter" shirt before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Hampton, Ga. (Source: AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Gray News) - The lone black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series is calling for the stock car racing organization to ban Confederate flags at race tracks.

Bubba Wallace told CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday his position has changed over the years after seeing how uncomfortable the symbol makes some people.

“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.”

The trailblazing driver, who finished second in the Daytona 500 in 2018, admitted his stance on the flag would be met with some resistance, but he believes now is the time to make reforms within the organization, which has a significant following in the South.

“There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly, but it’s time for change,” Wallace said.

Wallace received significant attention when he wore an “I Can’t Breath, Black Lives Matter” shirt with an American flag face mask before Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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