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In The Gate #449 - People Not Numbers
Sir David. You're obviously best known for your decades covering the NBA. What made you want to write about? Nascar IT was basically a seminar that we had at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Miami last year and it was essentially about their increasing diversity efforts. I had raised my hand during the panel discussion and had basically said I have two young children who are children of color and I remain concerned that if I wanted to take them to a NASCAR race how would I explain it. If somebody unfrozen confederate flag in the in the stands. Would I be comfortable? What my kids be comfortable coming to erase and BUBBA. Wallace was on the panel and Bubba Wallace for Those who don't know is probably the most successful African American driver in the main series which is called the Monster Energy Nascar Cup series zero here bundle wall if accomplished beaten in banking down the front stretch a big shot by college. I don't care you're done. I've said you had to turn one. Listen might have become a fan favorite with that move. He took a different tack. He said they have to deal with me. I don't have to deal with them. Essentially and a panel ended and one of NASCAR'S PR people said you know you really should come to a race for yourself. And so that's why. I went down to Richmond last September to go to the federated auto parts. Four hundred. See what it was like. What expectations did you have going in zero? No no no? I had no expectations. I don't mean that in a pejorative way. I just had a blank. Slate had never been to stock car race before and I wanted to approach it with a completely open mind. I told them I don't WANNA be handled. I don't WANNA be spun. I just want to talk to some people and walk around the track and kind of have the data myself to kind of see what I think. Well Sir David. When you're walking around what stood out to you about the scene there the size of it. I think is something that that you have to kind of actually be there to understand. I mean it's a small city you have to think of it that way. It's an eleven hundred Acre facility and. I didn't think you'd see the drivers. I thought they were just getting their cars and go but they make a point to make the drivers accessible to fans and media before the race to really surprising extent.