The NAACP is fielding questions from fans after flying the Confederate flag at Sonoma Raceway despite the ban.

SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) — The appearance of a Confederate flag during a weekend event at Sonoma Raceway prompted the NAACP to question how serious the track is about banning such offensive symbols from its property. The civil rights organization is calling for a review and clarification of the policy.

The smell of burning rubber and the roar of engines were a hallmark of drag racing at Sonoma Raceway this weekend.

The event attracts thousands of spectators, many camping overnight.

But the display of a Confederate flag at an RV campsite was troubling to Sonoma County NAACP President Christine Lange.

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“I definitely feel that there is a message in the Confederate flag, and it’s one that doesn’t feel welcome given the history,” Lange said.

The flag was spotted by one of Lange’s chapter members but caused some pushback when he asked the raceway to report it and remove it.

“The vice president of communications followed up and said he would look into it, but when the member drove up late in the evening, the flag was still up,” Long said.

Since 2018, Sonoma Raceway has posted a strict fan policy on its website, banning offensive flags and banners during racing events, but the NAACP questions the track’s enforcement of it. How dedicated to

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“When we set a policy, you need a process to make sure it’s followed,” Lange said.

Sonoma Raceway officials said they monitor the property for trespassing flags, but the campsite was empty when they saw the flag. The campers removed the flag upon their return.

In a statement, Sonoma Raceway said: “While having a policy and believing in that policy is an important first step, the most important thing is to monitor and enforce compliance by all of our guests. Controlling such incidents is a top priority and will be improved to prevent future incidents.”

Lange has not heard back from raceway officials but hopes to have a conversation soon.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for our community to see how we’re responding to issues that include diversity, equity and inclusion when we have items that represent the Confederacy to help us move forward. There’s no way,” Lange said.

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