NASCAR fans react to Confederate flag ban with anger, relief and a bit of humor

first_imgNASCAR banned Confederate flags from all events and properties on Wednesday in a substantial move for a sport steeped in Southern history and at times plagued by racism.Nationwide protests of police brutality in recent weeks have led to the removal of statues throughout the country honoring people who fought on behalf of slavery in the Civil War. On Tuesday, Bubba Wallace called for Confederate flags to be kept away from NASCAR so the sport could send a message disavowing racism. Other drivers, including Ryan Blaney, came out in support of Wallace’s request. NASCAR in a statement wrote that “the presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.” MORE: Why Bubba Wallace chose a special paint scheme for MartinsvilleWhile the consensus opinion on social media in response to the announcement seemed to be positive, some fans were upset about the change.Here is a look at the range of reactions to news NASCAR would ban the Confederate flag:There were confederate flags at your events?? pic.twitter.com/D2dl1vBk7k— Stephen A. Smith Burner (@SASBurnerAcct) June 10, 2020This is the final straw. I’ve been watching NASCAR since the 70s. I used to go races proudly with my pops. All lives matter. Stay out of politics. You lost a fan— Steven 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸➐ (@LjsGoat) June 10, 2020This and now kneeling? If I see them showing kneeling, I’m done with NASCAR!— Kimberlee K. 🇺🇸 (@KimiSue56) June 10, 20202020 and the confederacy is still taking L’s.— Bobby Mason (@325_Hawks) June 10, 2020sunglasses avi: whatever football I’ll just watch NASCARNASCAR: pic.twitter.com/Y57Dshaajh— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) June 10, 2020The time is always right to do what is right.Good job, NASCAR.— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) June 10, 2020👋👋👋👋👋👋 Should have been done a long time ago!— Tracy Hahn (@tracyhahn1972) June 10, 2020last_img read more

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Southeast Should Be a Serious Focus of Our Attention

first_imgThe cogent (strong) question can be asked, Who can afford to ignore Liberia’s Southeastern Region?We raise this question   not simply because that is where the trouble came from in 1980; but more so because it has long been one of thenation’s most neglected regions.A young woman named Chris Tah was Assistant Minister of Justice for Rehabilitation in the late 1970s.  She visited  to the Southeast inconnection with the establishment of the National Palace of Correction in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.  When she returned to Monrovia, she warned that the government pay more attention to the Southeast because she found the people very angry of neglect.  If any trouble ever came to the country, it would come from there, she warned.  But in typical Liberian fashion, no one took her seriously.  Everyone knows what happened a short while later–and ledby whom.Daily Observer Agricultural Correspondent Judoemue M. Kollie recently toured the Southeast and returned with an even more alarming report.In his story, “Economic Situation Appalling,” he reported that five major sectors of the Southeast were at once in desperate need: agriculture and food, in which most Liberians are self-employed, farmland  scarcity, education, healthcare delivery and housing.Reporter Kollie quoted Bannie Brown, president of the Maryland County Farmers’ Cooperative Society who complained of “inadequate supportreceived toward food production in various Southeastern counties.”Kollie recalled that early in the Ellen administration she made agriculture the center of her Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS).  But after a decade of sustained peace in the country, many southeasterners still live in thatch houses and are finding it difficult to afford even daily meals.Was this issue of HOUSING not the very point to which this newspaper in a recent editorial called the attention of Finance Minister AmaraKonneh? Reporter Kollie quoted Bannie Brown lamenting that the  thatched huts which they still inhabit constituted one tangible indication of the “economic stagnation” still gripping the Southeast.Food was another subset of the Agriculture problem: the people are hungry and have serious difficulty finding daily food to eat.  The 30,000 hectares of land which the government gave to the Callava River Company (CRC), said Mr. Brown, has robbed the people of sufficientfarmland to grow food.  This is aside from the fact that the Agriculture Ministry seems to have forgotten that these people exist. When last did Florence Chenoweth send an Agriculture Extension Agent to Maryland, or anywhere in the Southeast?Another most serious   agricultural problem is that the ONE cash crop on which these people depend for survival is rubber.  But there is noone to buy their rubber since Firestone pulled out of the area. The people say CRC is neither buying their rubber nor employing them–sothey are in a terrible triple FIX–no food, no jobs, no money because they’re unable to sell their rubber.All of this is compounded by the steep rise in the foreign exchange rate, making it even more difficult to buy anything with the little money they have.Then there are the problems with the schools: no books, no well trained teachers, no libraries and no laboratories.  And finally, efficient and reliable HEALTHCARE DELIVERY is unreliable–or absent.What must be done?We strongly advise that Presdident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  immediately dispatch to the entire Southeast a fact-finding mission to look into the people’s suffering and deprivations and DO something quickly and long-lasting to ease their distress and pain.  The mission should comprise experts from the  Agriculture,  Education, Health and Social Welfare, Land and Housing sectors.  The mission must carefully study the people’s plight and return with answers and solutions that can be immediately applied to redress this desperate situation.It is so sad that several years ago when the  Rubber Planters Association (RPL) ran the CRC and were doing a good job at it, they were summarily removed by then Agriculture Minister Chris Toe.  Since that time things took for the worse, and his successor, Dr. Chenoweth,seems to have done nothing to fix the problems.We pray that government will revisit its Poverty Reduction Strategy and DO something alleviate the desperation in Liberia’s beloved butforgotten Southeast.It seems to us that the Legislators, instead of targeting the Central Bank, should be targeting the plight of our people in Southeastern Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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