Members of the national Alliance will be among the crowd this weekend working to recruit new members from the predominately white, and redneck, race fans at the Daytona 500.
The Daytona Beach News Journal reports the group plans on handing out flyers and brochures, but the speedway won’t allow that on its property. Of course the problem with that is a lot of people park off speedway property and so there will be plenty of chances for the organization to spread their word.
To be honest I don’t know why white supremacists haven’t started doing this sooner. For a sport that grew up in the south NASCAR has a shocking lack of minority, specifically black fans and drivers.
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston, said. “It runs counter to everything NASCAR stands for. NASCAR continues to be committed to diversifying the sport on and off the track.”
One doesn’t end up with a talent pool of exclusively heterosexual white men any more by being open and non-racist.
An organization doesn’t have to have a “Drive for Diversity” (Which oddly doesn’t include a search for the first openly gay driver) if it hasn’t been racist. You don’t need to try to reach out to groups if you haven’t been ignoring them for 50 years.
Poston is also the same man who told a NASCAR blog late last year that the program “has not brought about change quickly enough”.
Wait, um, if NASCAR is not racist and then why do you need to change?
I’ve lived in the heart of NASCAR world, attended races and followed the sport for years. Sure the racism might not be officially sanctioned any more like when Wendell Scott, the only non-white man to ever win a Winston, now NEXTEL Cup race, was expressly forbidden from kissing any of the all white “Winston Girls” who hung out in victory lane. The kiss was a tradition among white drives, and by that I mean everyone else ever.
I don’t know why racist groups haven’t been attending NASCAR races and recruiting for years. When I went to the Busch race at Atlanta Motor Speedway last fall you could count the number of black, Asian and Hispanic people I saw on one hand.
Just for fun I’m thinking of attending the Busch race again while wearing a gay pride shirt and jewelry just to see what kind of reaction I get. I’m guessing it’s not exactly going to be welcoming.
NASCAR is coming a long way, if only to increase its market share. While the predominately heterosexual white front office can claim not to be racist, it can’t control its rank and file.