In a desperate display of corporate control, strength and oppression, several NASCAR owners warned all of their drivers that that they will back Donald Trumps suggestion that NFL players who protest during the playing of the countrys national anthem should be sacked.
Trump couldnt of been happier.
So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won’t put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag – they said it loud and clear!
Itll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus, said Richard Childress, who owns Richard Childress Racing. Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.
Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty added, Anybody that dont stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got em where theyre at? The United States.
When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said: Youre right.
While the voices of those men ring loud and clear and probably reflect the sentiments of a large portion of NASCARs fan population, their intimidation tactics wont work on legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., son of NASCARs Magic Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Sr., who gave his life to give life to a sport that is the last bastion of confederate culture and ideology in modern day sports entertainment.
On Twitter Monday morning, Earnhardt Jr. responded to the owners attempts at intimidation and expressed his support for the right of all Americans to engage in nonviolent protests, sharing a quote from John F. Kennedy.
All Americans R granted rights 2 peaceful protests Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable-JFK
Bullying people and turning a blind eye to serious problems has become a theme for owners, large corporations and Presidents who want to suppress free speech, free expression and employees bringing unjust social conditions to light.
The Earnhardt family has helped to build NASCAR with a driving empire of their own that goes four generations deep. They might be the only family that has the power to go against the grain and show support for the protests and those kneeling for the anthem.
Junior is NASCARs living legend and for him to say anything against the system is a huge statement. People have to recognize that Earnhardts No.3 has been one of the faces of NASCAR since he won The Rookie of the Year award in 2000.
His 28-year-old nephew Jeffrey is continuing the family tradition and is a 4th generation NASCAR driver. Jeffrey is the younger brother of current ARCA Racing Series driver Bobby Dale Earnhardt, middle child of Kerry Earnhardt, nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr., grandson of NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt, and great-grandson of Ralph Earnhardt.
The Earnhardt’s understand NASCAR culture as well as anybody, and the North Carolina born and bred family is ingrained in the Southern ideologies and traditions embedded in the culture of the sport. However, they don’t want their legacy stained with President Trumps venom and divisive rhetoric.
And when Trump Tweeted his support of NASCAR owners announcement, thus aligning NASCAR with himself, while disrespecting other athletes in the professional sports, Earnhardt, who is retiring at the age of 42, stood up and tweeted out a strict warning for owners to open their eyes and reevaluate their position on the matter.