The exmandatario of the Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone has stated that on many occasions “blacks are more racist than whites”, in addition to showing against the demolition of statues from slave traders in the UK, words that Formula 1 has condemned hours later and stray from the path of “unity to combat racism and inequality.”
“Lewis Hamilton it’s a little bit special. First of all, he is very, very, very talented as a pilot and seems to be extremely talented when he stands up and makes speeches. This latest campaign he’s doing for black people is wonderful. He’s doing a great job and it’s recognizable people like that that people listen to, “Ecclestone told CNN Sport.
However, he does not believe that the Hamilton Commission, which will promote racial diversity in motor racing, go to contribute “nothing bad or good to Formula 1”. “It will just make people think it’s more important. I think it’s the same for everyone. People should think a little. In many cases blacks are more racist than whites“, he claimed.
The 89-year-old former British leader said it will not be “easy” to change people’s behaviors regarding racism, and regretted the dismantling of statues of slavers, a movement that Hamilton supported when the statue of Edward Colston in Bristol was demolished. “I think they need to start learning at school,” he said.
“That way they would grow without having to think about these things. I think it’s completely stupid to knock down all these statuesThey should have left them there. We should take the children to look at them and tell them why they are there and what they did and why it is wrong, “she continued.
Hours later, Formula 1 issued a statement condemning his words.. “At a time when unity is needed to combat racism and inequality, we completely disagree with Bernie Ecclestone’s comments, which have no place in Formula 1 or in society, “he points out.
Also remember that the British “does not play a role in Formula 1“Since leaving the competition in 2017, and his title of President Emeritus, an honorary position,” it expired in January 2020. “