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NAMRF Slowly Exposing Their True Goals, Part 1
Jeff Meyer
October 15, 2004
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Before you get too deep into this commentary, and if you really want to know what I’m talking about, I strongly suggest that you read an article by free-lance journalist Richie Whitt entitled "NASCAR: Racing or Race-ism”. It can be found at www.richiewhitt.com. It is a bit lengthy, so don’t forget to come back and read this when you are done. Since it is a bit lengthy, as will be my response, this will be a multi-part commentary.

Mr. Whitt’s article is supposedly an unbiased report about NAMRF, but after reading it, you may feel, as I did, that Mr. Whitt needs to check on the definition of ‘unbiased’. After all, I found his article from a direct link from NAMRF’s website. NAMRF wouldn’t be so proud of it if it didn’t favor them. You don’t see links to MY articles. Why is that I wonder?

Since this is the season for debates, I will give you my rebuttals to some of the points/statements in Mr. Whitt’s article. Keep reading. It HAS to be more interesting than Presidential debates. To start things out on the lighter side…

(Whitt) Some of what I witnessed – like two naked women racing while walking on their hands through lines of chanting men and confused children – was too racy to print in the newspaper.

(Meyer) Ok, I’ve been to a number of races, and have witnessed some nudity, but racing naked while walking on their hands!? Those are women to be reckoned with! I know very few people, male or female, who can even stand on their hands let alone race. As for the confused children, did you actually talk to them and find out what they were confused about? Or did you just assume they were confused? I’m sure those children will remember that as a fond memory for the rest of their lives, and never once associate that memory with racism. Ok, I admit, not the best example of parenting, I’ll give you that.

(Whitt) As a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian, it was fun, frivolity and fellowship.
That said, I would not feel safe, much less comfortable, in those surroundings as a minority or a female.

(Meyer) Out of all the emails I’ve received, most of which have been from females and good number from minorities, not one has ever claimed to share the feelings that NAMRF says they do. Apparently the naked, racing women felt pretty comfortable in their surroundings, unless there were guns pointed at their heads that Mr. Whitt didn’t tell us about.

What bugs me about drivel like this is that NAMRF and Whitt paint a picture of infields occupied solely by racist, white supremacist men with the women and minorities all cowering in their campers or tents. It is just not true.

(Whitt) Are NASCAR’s countless Confederate flags just a simple, shallow symbol of passion and unity? Or are they a deeper, darker cloak that masks and protects its members while warning intruders of color not to tread into their good ol’ boy environment?
Are NASCAR infields a sign of grass-roots Americana, or simply the dirtiest secret in American sports?

(Meyer) Mr. Whitt, you are aware, especially as a journalist, of the concept of ‘freedom of speech, expression etc.’ aren’t you? Those flags do not belong to NASCAR. They belong to Joe Schmoe. Joe, by right of the Constitution, can fly any flag he wants. Are the countless Kerry/Edwards signs just a simple, shallow symbol of passion and unity? Or are they a deeper, darker cloak that masks and protects Democrats while attempting to establish a socialist, ‘utopian’ society? Are Democrat yard signs a sign of grass-roots Americana, or simply the dirtiest secret in American politics? Confederate flags or political signs, it’s the same thing. It is a personal choice.

NASCAR can dictate that NO flags be flown on the infield, but not WHAT flags can be flown. Let’s say NASCAR does ban the ‘Stars and Bars’, that doesn’t change the views of the people inside that particular RV. Same people, no advertisement. Heck, at least with a flag flying, you can see which campers to stay away from if it makes you feel uncomfortable.

NASCAR infields ARE a sign of grass-roots Americana. Some good, some bad, some happy, some sad, whether red, yellow, black or white, all are Americans.

(Whitt) …National Association for Minority Race Fans, the group that caused a publicity firestorm this week and has NASCAR on its heels at Talladega.

(Meyer) What race were you at? Yeah, they almost had to cancel the race because of the pressure applied by the NAMRF. “NASCAR on its heels”. Statements like that kinda throw your objectivity out the window don’t they!

That’s where I gonna stop for part one, and that ALMOST gets me through Mr. Whitt’s INTRODUCTION to his article. Like I said at the beginning, I urge you to check out Mr, Whitt’s website to read the full article, and make sure to write me and let me know if I’m way of base here. Till Part 2…

Stay off the wall,

Jeff

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Jeff was born the day after Junior Johnson recorded his 39th career NASCAR win. He currently resides in a small rural community near Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his wife Lora, whom he married six days after Terry Labonte’s 6th career Cup win. Jeff has two teenage daughters; Erin, born just four days before Rusty Wallace recorded his 4th Cup win and Leah, who entered the world four days after Kyle Petty’s 3rd career Cup victory.

His hobbies include NASCAR, hunting, fishing, shooting and outrunning local deputies on his bicycle. Any fan that emails Jeff with the correct dates (and names of the races) mentioned in this bio will receive a autographed, used beverage coaster from the Finish Line Bar and Grill, where Jeff spends a fair amount of time. (the coaster will be thoroughly dried out before shipping.)

You can e-mail Jeff at jeff@frontstretch.com.


 

 

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