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.”
“Blatantly Illegal:” NASCAR hosted a paid “diversity internship” that banned white applicants on the basis of their race, my latest report in @realDailyWire reveals.But it’s just one of NASCAR’s several racially discriminatory diversity initiatives. Thread🧵 pic.twitter.com/hDWqsAd1iX — Spencer Lindquist 🇺🇸 (@SpencerLndqst) August 28, 2023
“Having a 100 percent quota for minorities for a position is illegal even under a very generous view of what is allowed,” Bernstein said, adding that a rejected applicant who didn’t fit those qualifications would have standing to sue. While other Drive for Diversity programs aren’t quite so explicit, at least on the website, it’s the latest sign that the sport has embraced wokeness — potentially to an illegal degree — to cure its woes. In addition to Bubba Wallace and all his various sociopolitical kerfuffles — most notably a report of a “noose” hanging outside of his pit garage in 2020 that was actually a garage door pull rope that had been there from a previous race and clearly couldn’t have been targeted at the driver — driver Noah Gragson was suspended earlier this month for liking a George Floyd meme that NASCAR officials felt didn’t treat the Minneapolis man’s death with sufficient gravity. Also, in 2020, one of the series’ top drivers was suspended for the entire season for using a racial slur — the dreaded n-bomb, in fact — on a gaming livestream. That suspension was a bit more justified, I’d say. However, I merely mention it because the guy who received the suspension for the slur, series champion Kyle Larson, is considered the most successful graduate of the Drive for Diversity program — having qualified due to his Asian-American background, according to Autoweek. Whoops. Even if this doesn’t get struck down in court and Drive to Diversity provides a pipeline of multiracial, multiethnic, multigendered talent, it still fixes nothing that’s wrong with the sport. In addition to the silly playoff rules, NASCAR has also introduced “segment wins” in recent years, giving drivers points for their position at certain intervals during the race and making the whole scoring system about as complicated as flying a Cessna. Formula One, once considered too convoluted for American audiences, has made inroads thanks to Netflix’s popular “Drive to Survive” documentary series; it’s also managed to have a seven-time black world champion in Lewis Hamilton without having to resort to racially discriminatory internship and driver-development programs. And, unlike every other racing series that gearheads can tune into on any given weekend, NASCAR seems to have such visceral contempt for its fan base that it’s willing to potentially break anti-discrimination laws on the gamble that it’ll entice a new set of woke sports watchers to tune in. Unfortunately, they’re going to notice the same thing this lifetime NASCAR watcher has: No matter what the color, gender or politics of the driver in the car may be, the racing still stinks. And thanks to the new emphasis on progressive politics at the expense of entertainment and competition, the sanctioning body may as well just put Bud Light decals on the side of every car, no matter who the actual sponsor may be. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
“APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS” the requirement list reads before stipulating that applicants must not be white men.But despite their discriminatory diversity programs, NASCAR still claims to be an equal opportunity employer. pic.twitter.com/e54rdYJ5uZ — Spencer Lindquist 🇺🇸 (@SpencerLndqst) August 28, 2023