Offensive Car of Hate Banned by NASCAR

Posted by on Feb 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Amazingly, there are still photos available of the offending auto. Not everything has yet been airbrushed from history.

Fans of the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show remember the famous (or infamous) General Lee.

However the iconic car won’t be part of a planned pre-race ceremony at Phoenix International Raceway after NASCAR stepped in and tabled plans to include the General Lee due to the prominent placement of the Confederate flag on its roof.

Pro golfer Bubba Watson was to have driven the car in the ceremony to be held prior to the March 4 Sprint Cup race at PIR but NASCAR has decided to nix the idea.

“NASCAR, International Speedway Corp. and Phoenix International Raceway officials discussed this and decided it was not in the best interest of our sport,” NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Friday.

“The image of the Confederate flag is not something that should play an official role in our sport as we continue to reach out to new fans and make NASCAR more inclusive.”

Indeed, all those crazed racists that have been drawn to NASCAR over the years have somehow managed to mask it.  Don’t you remember how NBC cleverly exposed all that vicious racism on display?

Via Tim Blair, H/T to Andy.


4 Responses to “Offensive Car of Hate Banned by NASCAR”

  1. tek on 19/19/12 at 4:49 pm

    It’s actually the Confederate Naval Jack flag.

    The design incorporates the St. Andrew’s Cross, which also appears on such no doubt racist flags as the Jamaican flag.

  2. BigGator5 on 19/19/12 at 4:58 pm

    Actually I’m happy NASCAR nix that car. Right or wrong, the Confederate flag has some bad baggage attach to it and should be discourged from use.

    When the Tea Party started out, I was scared to death that the Stars And Bars was going to be taken up by them. I was happy when the Gadsden Flag was choosen as a symbol instead.

  3. spepper on 20/20/12 at 6:49 am

    When is the very next parade? I’m gonna rent the Gen’l Lee, and dress up as the “outlawed” Colonel Rebel Ole Miss mascot, a freaking cartoon muppet fullsize costume and drive it FRONT AND CENTER.