Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson has announced his stance clear on the Confederate flag debate. Carson spoke at an event in North Carolina this past Monday with NASCAR racing legend Richard Petty. Carson said he felt NASCAR fans should be allowed to display the flag on private property if they wanted. He acknowledged to the crowd present that the Confederate flag “is considered a hate symbol by many,” but that did not stop his most outrageous comments and twisted logic.
Carson further is quoted as stating, “Swastikas are a symbol of hate for some people, too. And yet they still exist in museums and places like that. If it’s a majority of people in that area who want it to fly, I certainly wouldn’t take it down.”
NASCAR as an organization has an official policy it released in July 2015 in which it requests that fans and partners “refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events.” The organization realizes that the flag is considered an offensive symbol and stands against its values of fan diversity.