Nascar Drive For Diversity Labeled A “Sham”

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Updated: November 9, 2006

NASCAR DRIVE FOR DIVERSITY LABELED A SHAM

JOE HENDERSON III GETTING THE SHAFT FROM NASCAR

Smoke and Mirrors

or is it exhaust and

shiny chrome about

integration in Motor Sports

“Sham” is the description applied recently to NASCAR’s so called Drive for Diversity program by the father of one of the young Black drivers chosen. Joe Henderson Jr. in describing his son’s treatment said ” The program is not designed to be successful because #1 it is not properly funded.” He went on to describe the NASCAR initiative as “smoke and mirrors.”

Henderson is bitter that while his son was tagged a future star the only starring he has done is in NASCAR promotional appearances meant to prove to the world NASCAR is diversifying. When it fact on the track all Joe III has been provided is inferior equipment, no opportunities to move up and subject to a series of racial incidents by White Cracker fans as southern race tracks.

The elder Henderson graphically describes young Henderson’s plight as ” They (NASCAR ) claim that it’s a pipeline ( to Black success ) well nobody came out the pipe.” Needless to say NASCAR officials disagree claiming they are very happy with what the program has accomplished for African Americans. The only problem is that progress is occurring only in their Dreams. Which have become a nightmare for African Americans interested in motor sports.

We here in the Box are not going to dignify NASCAR’s defense. They don’t deserve one. Nothing has changed at NASCAR other than a more concerted PR campaign to claim Diversity that does not exist in the Sport. The larger issue Mr. Henderson raises that goes beyond his son –

the issue of FUNDING African Americans efforts at NASCAR goes to the heart of the SCAM that only we address in the Box and repeatedly. Let us let you in on a secret that should be a secret to NO one walking the face of this Earth. In virtually any situation it is the NEVER discussed core issue that is at the heart of the problem. That massive effort is made to divert attention away from.

Here it is at NASCAR

The ALL powerful NASCAR organization has the POWER if it had any interest in pursuing it to insist ALL the many many many major American and international Fortune 1000 companies that literally throw money at NASCAR and racing teams and car advertising could be REQUIRED by the NASCAR board to allocate 10% of their NASCAR budgets to “diversity” efforts.

THE SCAM IS ….

Diversity funding the little there is comes from NASCAR which has the cover that all things considered it really does contribute some real money (sic) but the REAL money is with the Fortune 1000 sponsors. If NASCAR ruled that any corporation participating in NASCAR had to assign 10% of its overall spending to African Americans and other “minorities” the money spigot would be opened and there would be 10s of millions each year for the program instead of a trickle of funding and shoddy equipment for African Americans.

The Brain Dead reporters and editors at places like The NY Times and other publications don’t get it because they don’t want to get it. They are all playing the same game. Write superficial and “balanced” (sic) articles about situations such as those involving Young Joe Henderson. It’s NEVER about the root cause of poorly funded programs which are conscious decisions or lack of decisions by organizations like NASCAR or Major League Baseball another example.

As Joe Henderson Sr. said

it’s ALL smoke and mirrors

always has been and

still is at NASCAR

may be Forever

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