NASCAR Diversity Program Doesn’t Do Anything For The SportBy Ryan O`Hara
I have never been a really popular guy and I don’t mean to start now. I’m a controversial character. I speak my mind and I enjoy doing that. I was actually a very popular guy in high school in a surprising twist, but not amongst the politically correct bunch of the school. This article goes right into the deep controversial matter which is the NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program.
NASCAR is too politically correct. I say that with a completely straight face and I ain’t budging anytime soon. I honestly take offense to the message of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program. What this program does is basically “help” minorities and women advance through the rankings. In other words, you won’t do any better without our help (or it appears that way). To reference one driver, Darrell Wallace Jr. I am sure that Wallace Jr. is a great guy, but he has to realize that NASCAR is only trying to advance him through the ranks to create a better public image for the sport. With that said, NASCAR does not need a diversity program.
What NASCAR’s needs is the best drivers to move up to the higher rankings. It doesn’t matter what race he or she is. If you want a promotion, you’ll have to prove that you have adequate skills to be considered for the promotion. I could care less about race. If I had a Native American driver that was doing well enough to be promoted to the next series, I would sure as hell would. If he is racing terribly, then I’m not moving him up just because he is a minority. That is not how it works. If the economy were to improve and Juan Montoya were to start winning some races (a season similar to 2009), I am sure he would be offered a better ride than he currently has at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. Am I right?
Did Floyd Mayweather Jr. become the pound-for-pound boxing king of the world because the World Boxing Council helped him move up through the ranks because he is a minority? Absolutely not. Floyd Mayweather worked his butt off and beat the best fighters in the world. Manny Pacquiao did as well for the exact same reason. Hard work. Why do you think we have such an unequal distribution of wealth in this country. 35.8% of people in our country right now pay taxes. We have huge unemployment, and we have a lot of people on welfare. Minorities should be treated just like any other person. No free money in my country. You work for that money. Our economy is going to hell for this concept. The same can be said about the start and park teams in NASCAR. No free money. Attempt to race the entire race, or you get nothing. That is unfair to all the teams that have worked tremendously hard to make it in the sport. If you can’t do that, then just don’t show up. It’s that simple.
People might ask, well why don’t a lot of minorities compete in NASCAR? They just don’t. That’s the reality. There are more African-American NBA players than there are Caucasians. So, where is the Drive for Diversity Program for the NBA? Where is the Drive for Diversity Program for the NFL? There are none. A majority of Hispanic athletes are more inclined to play soccer. I grew up watching NASCAR, so I like NASCAR. But guess what? I’m Cambodian! The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program doesn’t incline to me to race in NASCAR. Because like any honest guy, I want someone to recognize me for my talents, not for the color of my skin. I’m a brown guy. Who cares? Just like the Hispanic athlete used in the example, he or she probably grew up around soccer, and would more than likely play soccer than drive a race car.
I commend Kyle Busch an incredible amount for taking the young Wallace Jr. into his hands this season in the Camping World Truck Series. I wish Wallace Jr. the best and would love to see him race in the Sprint Cup Series someday if and when he is ready. But he shouldn’t be moved up until then. I’m optimistic to see how he does.