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NASCAR Goes Woke, Institutes ‘Blatantly Illegal’ ‘Diversity Internship’ That Bans White People From Applying

(Western Journal) As a person whose first word was “car,” who can tell you offhand how many victories stock car legend Richard Petty scored (exactly 200), where Formula One icon Ayrton Senna’s first win came (the rain-soaked 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix) and the only drivers who have won four Indianapolis 500s (A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr., Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves), I think I’m qualified to make this statement with a certain amount of authority:

NASCAR stinks and is in terminal decline.


I think I’ve proved I’m not one of those “they just turn left! I could do that!” or “I only watch for the crashes” people. I don’t labor under the misapprehension the only names allowed for drivers are “Dale” or “Rusty.” In fact, I used to love the sport beyond all reason for a kid raised in the baseball-crazed New York City suburbs. Other kids had Don Mattingly or Derek Jeter posters on their walls; I went with Darrell Waltrip.

However, the constantly shifting rules of the series have become ever more convoluted without any perceptible benefit. The racing itself has become more boring. A playoff system has made most of the regular season meaningless, and the drivers have been reduced to personality-free, self-parodying corporate shills that make parts of “Talladega Nights” look like a documentary, not a comedy. (“I just thank the Lord the Texaco Havoline Monster Energy Lowe’s Home Improvement Chevrolet Camaro was running real good today …”)

Furthermore, any fan who watches the sport with any regularity knows 1) that this is why NASCAR is in trouble and 2) that the people running the sport are to blame. But, if the people running the sport had any self-awareness, it wouldn’t be this way in the first place — so, lo and behold, they seem to have a different explanation: their fan base is too white, too male, too Southern, too conservative and too blue-collar.

The sport has practically tripped over itself to try and change this — again, without any perceptible benefit.

The thoroughly unready Danica Patrick, whose skills translated poorly from IndyCar to NASCAR, was given way more chances than anyone as bad as she was would have gotten in the sport if they weren’t a female. (Oh, sorry, my bad: birthing person.)

Bubba Wallace, despite being significantly more talented inside a stock car than Patrick ever was, has been given promotion far exceeding what his on-track record would normally warrant, all simply because of his skin color.

And, with an eye toward this kind of “ESG on ovals” strategy being the future of the sport, NASCAR has hyped up its “Drive for Diversity” initiative — “a developmental program designed to provide training and opportunities for women and minorities in the driver’s seat and on pit crews within the NASCAR industry,” according to the website.

“Top minority and female drivers are provided with coaching, mentoring and development, bringing together championship caliber executives, competition staff and equipment” in one of the sport’s lower divisions, according to the description.


This apparently sounds great to NASCAR executives longing to shed the sport’s negative reputation among progressives. To a lawyer that conservative outlet The Daily Wire talked to, this sounds “blatantly illegal.”

According to David Bernstein, a professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law, a requirement for a paid “diversity internship” under the Drive for Diversity program that requires an applicant to “[b]e a member of one or more of the following races/ethnic minority classifications” — all of them pretty much anything except white — would “seem to violate Title VII and the 1866 Civil Rights Act.”


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