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Bubba Wallace wears an “I Can’t Breathe, Black Lives Matter” t-shirt before a NASCAR Cup Series car race on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Bubba Wallace wears an “I Can’t Breathe, Black Lives Matter” t-shirt before a NASCAR Cup Series car race on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Brynn Anderson / AP

Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, the first full-time African American driver on the NASCAR circuit in over 45 years, has not always been offended by the Confederate flag.

But now he wants them to be banished from all races.

The 26-year-old Alabama player said he was making efforts to find out what the flag means to many people. Presumably, for some, it has become an emblem of white supremacy and is a reminder of the history of American slaves, bigotry and the oppression of African Americans.

“What I’m chasing are checkered flags, and that was sort of my story,” Wallace said in a Monday interview with CNN. “But by diving deeper and being educated, people feel uncomfortable with that, people talk about it – that’s the first thing they talk about. ”

He added, “My next step would be to get rid of all the Confederate flags. No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with the Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them. “”

The red flag with blue bars and white stars, which the Sons of Confederate Veterans have adopted as a symbol of Southern heritage, has been linked to NASCAR almost since its inception. For decades, the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina hosted the Rebel 400 in the spring and highlighted the flag in programs and other advertisements, while playing the soundtrack at pre-race ceremonies.



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