NAACP Threatens NASCAR over Confederate Flag
It falls into the realm of a black comedy when an openly racist organization like the NAACP can accuse anyone, preferably with deep pockets, of being racist. The latest in a long line of criminal activity in the form of extortion and blackmail has the NAACP threatening to begin contacting NASCAR’s sponsors, and to stage protests during races if they don’t ban the Confederate flag.
The NAACP said they will first reach out to officials with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, seeking to enlist their help in efforts to ban the controversial symbol from city-sponsored events.
The group also threatened a boycott of the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce if their demands are not met. Many members of the chamber are businesses that are already suffering because of Obama’s recession.
“The threat of a boycott is one that is frequently employed by the NAACP when it is displeased about something, which is most of the time,” said Roger McCredie, executive director of the Southern Legal Resource Center.
“Silly as it is, such a threat often serves to intimidate local governmental bodies and from a practical standpoint there is nothing that can be done to stop them from attempting to enact such a boycott,’’ McCredie continued. “What they don’t want you to know, however, is that most people with any sense see such a tactic as exactly what it is – a self-serving political device with much more bark than bite.”
Brian France, NASCAR’s CEO has tried to shed the organization’s “good ole boy’’ image and reach out to minorities. He has gone on record in previous interviews stating that neither he nor NASCAR supports the Confederate flag.
Some Confederate flag supporters say that NASCAR’s stance against the flag has already alienated them, thereby decreasing the impact of a boycott.
“I don’t think the boycott is going to have much impact at all, because people who go to races aren’t interested in the positions of any political group,” said Chuck McMichael of Blanchard, La., who is commander-in-chief of the national Sons of Confederate Veterans.
“NASCAR is no friend of the Confederacy anyway, but by them denying us in the first place is one of the reasons their attendance is down.”
After years of growth, NASCAR is suffering an economic downturn. That tends to happen when you try to please your detractors instead of your customers.