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NASCAR Called 'Bastion of White Supremacy'
CNSNews.com ^ | 6/25/03 | Marc Morano

Posted on 06/25/2003 3:13:14 AM PDT by kattracks

Chicago (CNSNews.com) - A board member of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition says auto-racing organizations such as NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) are "the last bastion of white supremacy" in professional sports.

Speaking Tuesday at the 32nd annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference in Chicago, Bill Shack said, "I want you to know that this is this last bastion of white supremacy in a particular sport. This is the last bastion."

He made the comments at a workshop called "Motor Sports: Increasing Minority Participation," and the criticism came despite NASCAR's six-figure support of Jackson's organization.

Shack suggested that race-car organizations don't reach out to minorities because they "don't particularly...want you out there, no more than they wanted Tiger [golfer Tiger Woods] out there."

This has "nothing to do with a moral response -- nothing at all, because they don't have very much of that. If they did, they would have done something before now," Shack said, referring to outreach efforts by auto racing organizations.

Ironically, NASCAR was a "platinum" sponsor of Jackson's 2002 Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's annual conference, and it reportedly has donated at least $250,000 to Jackson's group in recent years. It remained unclear whether NASCAR served as a sponsor of this year's conference.

'Appeasement doesn't pay'


One critic of Jesse Jackson who is leading an effort to end NASCAR's financial support of Rainbow/PUSH said this just proves that "appeasement doesn't pay."

Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), told CNSNews.com, "NASCAR kicks in all this money to Jackson's groups, sends representatives to Jackson's conference, and they still get attacked as "white supremacists.'"
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"NASCAR is finding out the hard way that appeasing Jesse Jackson doesn't work. The more you give him, the more he demands," Flaherty added.

The NLPC is the Washington, D.C.-based legal watchdog group that filed a formal complaint about Jackson's finances with the Internal Revenue Service in 2001.

NLPC's campaign to end NASCAR's support of Jackson has created a "political firestorm" for NASCAR, according to the weekly auto sports publication NASCAR Winston Cup Scene. NASCAR has defended its donations to Jackson as part of its efforts to bring more minority participation to motor sports.

'Mandated sensitivity training'


George Pyne, NASCAR's chief operating officer, arrived at the workshop shortly after Shack's diatribe against auto racing. Pyne told the workshop that NASCAR is vigorously reaching out to minorities.
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Pyne cited the organization's "mandated sensitivity training" for all employees as well as NASCAR's efforts to reach "a diverse audience" through its diversity council, intern programs and college tours.

Pyne was most proud of the fact that his organization has hired a woman who formerly worked at a Denny's restaurant."

"You know Denny's was ranked the worst in the country in the area of diversity," but after a concerted effort, went from "worst to first." Denny's efforts at minority outreach followed highly publicized racial discrimination allegations.

Pyne cautioned, "Real progress comes slow, but we are looking for sustained results."

However, one woman in the crowd took exception to Pyne's concept of "slow results" and told him that Denny's turned itself around in 18 months because it made a serious commitment to diversity. She said NASCAR could do the same thing if it really wanted to.

'I am seeing confederate flags'


African-American professional drag racer Rikkia Mills was not impressed with Pyne's presentation on behalf of NASCAR.

"I think that [NASCAR is] doing it for money reasons, not for the right reasons," she said.

The 21-year-old Mills criticized motor sports as a "good ole boy network" that has not welcomed her. "I have a double negative as a black a female...they are not looking for black females," Mills said.

She also expressed hostility for some of NASCAR's fans. "When I watched NASCAR on TV, I saw people holding confederate flags. I am not going to go somewhere where I am seeing confederate flags all the time," Mills said.

'Public relations fiasco'


The National Legal and Policy Center's Flaherty predicted that NASCAR's appearance at Jackson's conference and the treatment it received there would further add to what he called NASCAR's "public relations fiasco."

"NASCAR fans have objected to NASCAR's support for Jackson by the thousands. When is NASCAR going to understand that Jesse Jackson has nothing to offer them?" Flaherty asked.

When CNSNews.com asked NASCAR's Pyne about the company's involvement with Jackson, he refused to respond.

"I don't have anything to say," Pyne told CNSNews.com.

The program for this year's Rainbow/PUSH conference does not list NASCAR as a sponsor, but Pyne's nametag at the event bore a "sponsor" ribbon on it.

When specifically asked if NASCAR was a sponsor of the Rainbow/PUSH conference, Pyne again refused to answer and walked away.

Jackson spokeswoman Keiana Peyton could not clear up the mystery as to whether NASCAR was a sponsor. Peyton said she believed NASCAR was a sponsor but could not immediately confirm it.

Flaherty views NASCAR's refusal to clarify its sponsorship as another example of how "NASCAR is playing games" with the public over its support of Jackson.

'Hate baiting'


Jackson personally blasted the National Legal and Policy Center's campaign to end NASCAR's support of his organization in an interview in May, accusing the group of "hate baiting."

"These attacks by the [National Legal &] Policy Center, these are unending attacks...they have nothing to do with what we do," Jackson told the weekly newspaper NASCAR Winston Cup Scene. The publication is independent of NASCAR.

"Dr. Martin Luther King was called a communist, he was called a nigger, he was hated, he was killed. This kind of hate-baiting is really a perversion," Jackson said of the NLPC.

But despite Jackson's harsh attacks on NLPC, Flaherty vowed to continue his campaign to pressure NASCAR to end its support of Jackson.

"Our protest will continue until NASCAR comes clean and stops supporting Jesse Jackson," he said.


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To: redangus
You really don't want to know the answer to that question, do you?

=^)

It reeks to high heaven. The more JJ pushes the pendulum to the extreme, the more it will swing back. He's aware, is'nt he?

101 posted on 06/25/2003 9:44:57 AM PDT by warmath (I can already hear it.)
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To: Rebelbase
Kevin Weeks plays hockey

So does Peter Worrell. And Willy T. Ribbs (I'm not making this up!)does a pretty good job in the TransAm cars. If they made it, others can too. I think there are others without the guts these guys have who just want a free ride.

102 posted on 06/25/2003 9:50:07 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Rebelbase
There is Jean-Luc Grande-Pierre


Though is actually a Canadian...so I guess he isnt REALLY black.

103 posted on 06/25/2003 9:50:50 AM PDT by smith288 (We are but a moon, reflecting the light of the Son.)
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To: kattracks
"I want you to know that this is this last bastion of white supremacy in a particular sport. This is the last bastion."

How about ice hockey?

104 posted on 06/25/2003 9:52:18 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
Breaking News Headline, "NBA is Bastion of Black Supremacy"
105 posted on 06/25/2003 9:55:11 AM PDT by doosee
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To: doosee
Perhaps the racial demagogues are ticked off that the formerly almost exlusively black NBA is fast becoming infiltrated with an abundance of white European talent. ....they're mad because their own "bastion" is slipping.
106 posted on 06/25/2003 9:58:40 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: WKB
I totally understand. I hope the Supreme Court doesn't hear about this.
107 posted on 06/25/2003 10:20:26 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 ( My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.)
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To: Rebelbase; KneelBeforeZod
Kevin Weeks plays hockey.

So does Donald Brashear, Anson Carter, Mike Grier, Georges Laraques, Fred Brathwaite.

Grant Fuhr's name is on the Stanley Cup a few times, he play with some guys named Gretzky, Messier, Lowe, and Kurri.

Hat-Trick

108 posted on 06/25/2003 1:07:49 PM PDT by Hat-Trick (only criminals, their advocates, and tyrants need fear guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens)
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To: kattracks
(Jesse Jackson : NASCAR) :: (Martha Burk : Men's Golf)
109 posted on 06/25/2003 1:55:10 PM PDT by searchandrecovery (A long journey starts with a single step.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Check out this crap.
110 posted on 06/25/2003 2:18:18 PM PDT by jmc813 (After two years of FReeping, I've finally created a profile page. Check it out!)
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To: kattracks
the criticism came despite NASCAR's six-figure support of Jackson's organization.

Why, oh why is Mike Helton such a pu$$y? Big Bill France is rolling in his grave.

111 posted on 06/25/2003 2:19:29 PM PDT by jmc813 (After two years of FReeping, I've finally created a profile page. Check it out!)
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To: Hat-Trick
yeah, but that is a 12 year old list from a skit about a an angry black activist on saturday night live
114 posted on 06/25/2003 3:19:31 PM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (If God hadn't meant for them to be sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep.)
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To: KneelBeforeZod
Bzzzzzzzt. Wrong.

Brashear, Grier, Laraques, Carter, and Brathwaite are all currently active players. When was the last time you actually watched 3 periods of hockey?

115 posted on 06/25/2003 4:52:24 PM PDT by Hat-Trick (only criminals, their advocates, and tyrants need fear guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens)
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To: kattracks
bttt
116 posted on 06/25/2003 8:45:03 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Hat-Trick
I've watched a lot of hockey. I run a website for the team that destroys stanfurd, Cal, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oregon State, U-Dub and Wazoo on a regular basis. And I've actually seen a black hockey player before... Milton Wallace, a lefty. Checked a Cal player so hard the little bear's helmet flew about 30' behind him. Wallace never made it to the bigs, but he is a NHB MMA figher and plays in pro leagues in Japan. none of these schools are EVER going to be any kind of hockey powerhouse, but when it comes to college sports that people actually care about, you can't ignore, UW, WSU, USC, UCLA, stanfurd, OSU or Oregon. (you CAN ignore Cal)

Brashear- First year 1993
Carter-First year 1996
Brathwaite- first year 1994
Laraques- first year 1996

From "The Dark Side With Nat X" (Chris Rock on Saturday Night Live, ’91)

The Dark Side with Nat X-- skit starring a guy who makes claims about whitey keeping the black man down, no matter how outrageous.

Chris Rock. a comedian

Saturday night live. A comedy show.

1991- a year that elapsed before any of the people on your list were in the pros.

ie, its a joke. just like Rainbow coalition and PUSH.

117 posted on 06/25/2003 11:16:27 PM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (If God hadn't meant for them to be sheared, he wouldn't have made them sheep.)
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To: KneelBeforeZod
are you saying that those Pac 10 schools have hockey teams?.....news to me.....

btw.....which team is it you're referring too?

118 posted on 06/25/2003 11:36:44 PM PDT by cherry (`)
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To: kattracks
Dangnation, what a beautiful day for a race....


Liberty :o)
119 posted on 06/25/2003 11:59:27 PM PDT by Liberty Valance ('scuse me while i tune my tag line...)
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To: kattracks
If having a black NASCAR driver is so important to jesse why doesn't he pony up with some of that huge pile of extorted money and put together a team, for the driver of his choice.

Oh I forgot, jesse wants someone else to do that so he can concentrate on extorting more money from NASCAR.

120 posted on 06/26/2003 12:00:00 AM PDT by c-b 1
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To: kattracks
I suppose nitwits like this aren't going to have the screws put to them to shut the hell up until white people boycot the last bastion of black supremacy and refuse to support the NBA.

Maybe THEN, such an organization as that will tell Jackson and HIS organization to keep their loony racist opinions to themselves.

121 posted on 06/26/2003 12:17:22 AM PDT by Wondervixen (Ask for her by name--Accept no substitutes!)
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To: varon
Or horse racing. Can you just visualize Shaquille O'Neal on a horse coming out the gate at the Kentucky Derby?

Anheuser-Busch doesn't want to give up any Clydesdales.

122 posted on 06/26/2003 12:20:32 AM PDT by reg45
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To: bullseye1911
Seems to me a black pit crew would give even Jeff Gordon's team a run for the money. He's in and out in about 14 seconds. My tires and wheels got stole in Detriot in half that time!!!

Of course it's only half-the-time. The other half is required to put the new tires ON the car.

123 posted on 06/26/2003 12:34:12 AM PDT by reg45
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To: cherry; KneelBeforeZod
Those PAC10 teams must be playing club hockey - not part of NCAA D1.
124 posted on 06/26/2003 7:13:21 AM PDT by Hat-Trick (only criminals, their advocates, and tyrants need fear guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens)
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