When the movement began ‘Black Lives Matter’, Michael Jordan he was one of the first personalities to step forward. He pledged $ 100 million to fight racism and left behind the anti-activism that he had shown in his time as an NBA player.
Among other things, he promised that he would be involved in cases of possible racism in sport and for this reason he has decided to enter one of the competitions that have most represented the values for white supremacists in their 60 years of history: NASCAR.
The American competition was forced to prohibit the display of the Confederate flag, that of the Southern States during the American Civil War and that it was clearly slavery, a decision promoted by Bubba Wallace. The only black driver on the grid earned for this decision numerous criticisms, and even an outbreak of threat that later turned out not to be such.
Things of fate and the ‘Black Lives Matter’, now Wallace will change teams and leave the Richard Petty Motorsports to sign for the new team that will lead the legendary Chicago Bulls ’23’ with Denny Hamlin, an institution in American motorsports with three victories in the 500 miles from Daytona, among other milestones.
The new team, whose base will be the current one Germain Racing, will have only one car on the track in the upcoming Nascar Series Cup season, and it will be driven by Wallace. His name will be announced shortly.
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“Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would always take me and my brothers and sisters to races, and I’ve been a NASCAR fan my whole life,” Jordan notes, but admits this goes beyond his passion for motorsport.
“The opportunity to have my own racing team alongside my friend Denny Hamlin and have Bubba Wallace driving for us is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been very few black owners. It is the perfect time as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more. In addition to my recent pledge and donations I have made to combat systemic racism, I see this as an opportunity to educate a new audience and open up more opportunities for black people in motorsports, “highlights the legendary basketball player.