One of the most idiotic things said lately that did not come out of the mouths of Donald Trump or Mike Spence, actually came out of the mouth of former Formula 1 (F1) supremo, Berrnie Ecclestone. While being questioned about the anti-racism measures being taken by both F1 and NASCAR, Ecclestone claimed that Blacks can be more racist than whites.
“In lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what white people are,” Ecclestone claimed.
When pressed to give example of how he came to his conclusion, Ecclestone fumbled around and said he had not concrete example but it was something he noticed “over the years”.
Ecclestone could not find any example of a white teenager being killed just for being white after going out to buy skittles and iced tea. He had no examples of Black men tying a white man to the black of their truck and dragging him until he was decapitated. He had no example of Black men murdering a white man by kneeling on his neck for over eight minutes even as he begged that he can’t breathe and called for his mother. He had no examples whites suffering under the ravages of slavery or millions dying in the middle passages. Not of these example could Ecclestone give but he still uttered the rubbish that Blacks are sometimes more racist than whites.
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Lewis Hamilton the only Black driver in Formula 1 was shocked that Ecclestone could utter such foolishness.
“Bernie is out of the sport and of a different generation, but this is exactly what is wrong — ignorant and uneducated comments which show how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.
The sad thing is Ecclestone was the boss at Formula 1 for decades. It is therefore obvious why the sport has not been more diverse and Hamilton echoed these sentiments.
“If someone who has run the sport for decades has such a lack of understanding of the deep-rooted issues we as black people deal with every day, how can we expect all the people who work under him to understand? It starts at the top.” Hamilton continued.
F1, which has come under fire from Hamilton for its lack of diversity, distanced itself from Ecclestone’s remarks.
“At a time when unity is needed to tackle racism and inequality, we completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s comments that have no place in Formula 1 or society,” it said in a statement.
“Mr. Ecclestone has played no role in Formula 1 since he left our organization in 2017, his title Chairman Emeritus, being honorific, expired in January 2020.”