NASCAR announced on Wednesday that affective immediately they are to ban the flying and appearance of the Confederate flag from all events and venues.

In a statement released ahead of tonight’s Blue Emu Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway NASCAR said:

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. 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.”

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