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Denny Hamlin’s racist meme shows NASCAR has work to do

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Denny Hamlin's racist meme shows NASCAR has work to do

Denny Hamlin's racist meme shows NASCAR has work to do

Denny Hamlin should have known better.

One of NASCAR’s top profile drivers – a 41-year-old three-time Daytona 500 winner and 23XI Racing team co-owner – should have known not to tweet a racist, anti-Asian meme.

Even if it was his attempt to drive the joke with his friend and rival, Kyle Larson, who set a wreck on fire Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway collecting the two 23XI cars, a racist joke emphasizing harmful anti-Asian American stereotypes is unacceptable.

On the final lap of the GEICO 500, Larson ran close to the front and moved several lanes on the track to try and steal the lead and victory. In the process, he made contact with Kurt Busch’s car, and when Busch bounced off the outside wall and got back into traffic, he hit Bubba Wallace, which ruined both 23XI cars’ chances of a strong finish. It’s racing; it happens.

Denny Hamlin while qualifying for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Hamlin tried to mock Larson on Monday, apparently without thinking about the devastating effects of racist jokes that perpetuate dehumanizing stereotypes. He tweeted a meme: A snippet from “Family Guy,” a program no stranger to racist and misogynistic jokes, which maintains an ugly stereotype about Asian-American women not being able to drive well. To make matters worse, the track features a character – Hamlin’s meme put Larson’s name over her – with a strong stereotypical accent.

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