BRISTOL, Tennessee – A plane towing a confederate banner flew over NASCAR’s All-Star race in Bristol, Tennessee on Wednesday, just over a month after the company banned the flag from its events in the wake of the George Floyd protests.
Tim Dodson, a reporter for the Bristol’s Herald Courier, shared a video of the plane flying over the event to his Twitter page.
Someone is currently flying around the Bristol Motor Speedway with a Confederate flag banner.— Tim Dodson (@Tim_Dodson) July 15, 2020
This comes after NASCAR’s decision last month to ban the display of Confederate flags at its events. pic.twitter.com/zjicfr0sWf
According to the Washington Post, attached to the flag was a banner that said the URL for a group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).
Last month, the group authorized a “Defund NASCAR” banner and the confederate flag be flown over the Talladega racetrack, according to the Columbia Daily Herald.
After that incident, the group’s commander in chief told the Herald, “It is the hope of the Sons of Confederate Veterans that NASCAR fans will be allowed the fundamental American right of displaying pride in their family and heritage. … We believe NASCAR’s slandering of our Southern heritage only further divides our nation.”
According to the Washington Post, neither the group nor NASCAR have provided a comment on the most recent incident.