NASCAR Agrees With Trump, What About Their Diversity Programs

The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program was voted #2 as the Top 2017 African-American, Minority and Diversity Summer Internship Programs and the NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity was named the Best In-House Diversity Initiative at the 2017 PR Council’s Diversity Distinction in PR Awards.  With most of their efforts striving to become more diverse in NASCAR sports, why would this organization support #45 aka Donald Trump with his remarks about the NFL and the recent protests. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespect our flag to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired, he’s fired”, said #45 at a recent rally in Alabama. Many NFL players and owners responded on Sunday and Monday showing solidarity by kneeling or staying in their locker rooms during the national anthem. NASCAR statement release below:

“Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events. Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”

We see the NFL coming together to combat #45 and his ever crazy rants and tweets about his own country and citizens. NASCAR deliberately put out a statement showing their support for #45 and his antics about kneeling for the national anthem (see below). Many NASCAR owners and representatives stated that any drivers or crew members would be penalized if they protest like the NFL football players did on Sunday and Monday Night Football. One legendary driver, now owner Richard Petty told AP, “Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem ought to be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States.” Imagine being the newest addition to the NASCAR family, Darrell Wallace Jr., the first African American to participate in NASCAR top series since 2006.

Wallace started in NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity becoming the youngest driver to win at Greenville-Pickens Speedway under Rev Racing, an auto racing team. One senior VP last year at the 2016 Diversity Awards stated that NASCAR “becoming more diverse and inclusive is a huge priority at NASCAR and we continue to make long-term investments to boost female and minority participation across every level of our sport, on and off the track.” Wonder if he still stands by his word.

The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program has been around almost 20 years and partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) through the school year. The registration period for the 2018 NASCAR summer internship program opens up on October 13, 2017. The requirements for this 10-week paid summer internship includes being multicultural, enrolled or recent college graduate, minimum GPA of 3.0, and at least in their sophomore year of college. Will NASCAR siding with Trump, halt the partnership between NASCAR and HBCUs? I want everyone to have a choice and the opportunity to get exposure to everything that is not available to us like our other counterparts. If you are interested here is the link to the application form.

Amber Peters80 Posts

Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”

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