People in these 10 states are threatening to boycott NASCAR after the organisation said it won’t be using the Confederate flag anymore.
The Confederate Flag has long been associated with white supremacy, although many people have defended it on the basis of its association with the deep South of the USA. Recent incidents, such as the protests over the killing of George Floyd, have led many organisations to confront their history.
NASCAR, along with many others in the US and elsewhere, did so. This move was surprising to many –the Confederate flag has long been associated with NASCAR too, and is a frequent fixture at races.
NASCAR released a statement at the beginning of June where they said that the display of the confederate flag would be prohibited from all of their events and properties.
"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."
A few weeks later, a noose was found in the garage of the only black NASCAR driver in the world, Bubba Wallace, before a race. While NASCAR and the FBI investigated and found no foul play, it still marked a growing tension between the organisation and its fans.
Other NASCAR drivers stepped up to support Wallace – at an event on June 22, 2020, they pushed Wallace's car to the front of the grid and stood in solidarity with him. Wallace also adorned his car with a slogan saying Black Lives Matter.
A team at Business Insider dug into the data to determine where the calls to boycott NASCAR are coming from. They found that the highest proportion of boycotts seemed to be coming from Missouri, then Arizona and then Nebraska. Surprisingly, many of the calls to boycott NASCAR weren't coming from fans in the south of the US,