This story from NASCAR’s past has resurfaced and is trending on the internet; Here’s the story…
The Confederate flag was once deeply rooted in NASCAR. As the sport was born in the South, it brought Southern culture with it.
In 2015, NASCAR issued a soft ban of the Confederate flag. However, it wasn’t an outright ban, just strongly discouraged.
“We’ve taken the position that we need to disassociate ourselves with that symbol, that flag in every way that we can because it just represents a very offensive message, and I think Dale Jr. said it best,” former NASCAR CEO Brian France said in 2015. “That flag belongs in a museum and part of our history but not flying at a NASCAR race and part of our future. He said it about as well as you could say it.”
In 2020, Bubba Wallace went on CNN and stated that the flag should be banned from the sport. “Get them outta here,” Wallace said.
Within days, NASCAR issued an outright ban of the flag. Since, the Confederate flag hasn’t been allowed at any NASCAR race or on property that holds NASCAR events.
Long before that, North Carolina born Dale Earnhardt had a Confederate flag on his truck. An encounter with a maid, who saw the flag as something totally different resulted in a change of perspective for Earnhardt.
On what would have been Earnhardt’s 64th birthday, Earnhardt Miller shared stories of her father.
Daughter of Dale Earnhardt shares the story
“On my dad’s truck, he had this sticker with a rebel flag that said ‘American by birth, Southern by the grace of God’ or something like that, you know, had a rebel flag on it,” Kelley Earnhardt Miller stated via the Fast Lane Family podcast.
“At the time, we had a lot of different nannies that took care of us and we had this housekeeper named Ann, and she was the most awesome lady. She was an African-American lady, and she asked my stepmother about my dad’s rebel flag on the back of his truck.”
“And so the next thing we know my dad’s out there with a knife and a razor blade, and he’s cutting the rebel flag out of the sticker, he left “American by birth” but he didn’t want to offend anybody or make anybody mad in that manner.”
Earnhardt Miller added, “It was so sweet. It was a little kind-hearted thing. She just thought that was the best. She’s like, ‘That’s just so awesome that you would do that.’ He had a good heart.”
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