The U.S. reckoning on race hit the sports world, as Nascar banned Confederate flags at its events, and a National Football League team removed the statue of its founding owner who had been accused of racist remarks.

The Confederate flag, Nascar said, “runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.” The Confederate flag has long been a common site at Nascar races, many of which are run in the South.

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