Controversy Arises from NASCAR’s ‘Diversity Internship’: Is it an Instance of Reverse Discrimination?

In a move that has caused controversy and sparked legal debate, NASCAR has introduced a paid “diversity internship” program. However, this program appears to exclude white applicants based on their race, leading some experts to label it as “blatantly illegal.”

The diversity internship program is part of NASCAR’s broader campaign called “Drive for Diversity” and has specific racial requirements for applicants. According to the program’s guidelines, eligible candidates must belong to one or more of the following races/ethnic minority classifications: Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Latino or Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

David Bernstein, a professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia School of Law, has expressed concerns about this racially discriminatory program. In an interview with The Daily Wire, Bernstein stated that NASCAR’s program appears to violate Title VII and the 1866 Civil Rights Act. He further added that having a 100% quota for minorities for a position is illegal, even under generous interpretations of the law. Bernstein also suggested that applicants unable to apply due to their race could potentially have legal grounds to sue the company.

This is not the first time NASCAR has faced criticism for its progressive stance. The company has been accused of “going woke” in recent years. For example, it issued an apology last year for having Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott appear at one of its races. More recently, it suspended a driver indefinitely for liking a meme on Instagram that made light of the death of George Floyd. These actions have prompted some fans to call for a boycott of the racing league.

However, NASCAR is not the only organization imposing race-based requirements for career opportunities. Several well-known companies, including Oracle, Best Buy, Liberty Mutual, US Bank, and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, have also hosted programs that exclude white and sometimes Asian applicants based on their race. Voya Investment Management even hosted a Financial Services Diversity Scholars Program that required applicants to “self-identify” as a minority to participate. These practices have caught the attention of legal authorities, with attorneys general from 13 different states recently warning companies about potential legal consequences for engaging in racial discrimination.

Despite the controversies, NASCAR continues to promote its diversity initiatives. In addition to the diversity internship program, the company offers the “Pit Crew Development Program” and the “Driver Development Program,” both designed for aspiring minority and female pit crew members and drivers, respectively. These programs provide coaching, mentorship, and development opportunities. Interestingly, while implementing racial requirements for these programs, NASCAR’s job postings state that the company is an equal opportunity employer.

The ongoing debate surrounding NASCAR’s diversity internship has yet to receive a response from the company.

This article appeared in Mainstpress and has been published here with permission.

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