How ironic. Yesterday I finished Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man? by Charles Barkley. Barkley talked to a number of people about the topic of racism in the United States. He interviewed Tiger Woods, former President Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, among others. When the topic of NASCAR came up with Morgan Freeman, Barkley said he didn't like attending NASCAR races because of all the Confederate flags. Of course, he attended races in Alabama and Atlanta.
Today I'm reading Sunday Money by Jeff MacGregor. It's about the 2001/02 NASCAR season in which MacGregor and his wife bought a motorhome and followed the NASCAR circuit. On page 119, he says, "And only willful ignorance or fear or blindness could deny the obvious: that whether by design or apathy or simple circumstance of history, in an age of hugely successful, high-visibility African American athletes, it's the last professional sport in this country that's overwhelmingly white and male."
Yesterday, Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500. She came in fourth. Today, in 2005, Magic Johnson is working with NASCAR to try to bring blacks into the sport. NASCAR is working to increase its popularity with Latino Americans. There may still be Confederate flags at racetracks in the south, but the racing world is slowing reaching out to try to reflect the rest of the country, not just the south.
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