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Hamilton: Ecclestone's comments on racism 'ignorant and uneducated'

  • Published on 27 Jun 2020 13:36
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton took to social media on Friday night to label Bernie Ecclestone's comments on racism “ignorant and uneducated”.

Earlier this week, CNN published an article following an interview with Ecclestone, who was at the head of Formula 1 for almost 40 years.

During the interview, Ecclestone said: “in lots of cases, black people are more racist than what white people are”.

F1 moved to distance itself from the comments, asserting that it disagrees with Ecclestone's belief and that he has not held the role of Chairman Emeritus since January of 2017.

Hamilton, who has been outspoken against racism in recent weeks following BlackLivesMatter protests worldwide, said he was “so sad and disappointed to read these comments”.

Posting on his Instagram story, Hamilton wrote: “Bernie is out of the sport and a different generation but this is exactly what is wrong - ignorant and uneducated comments which shows us how far as a society [we] need to go before real equality can happen.

“It makes complete sense to me now that nothing was said or done to make our sport more diverse or to address the racial abuse I received throughout my career.

“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.

“Now the time has come for change. I will not stop pushing to create an inclusive future for our sport with equal opportunity for all. To create a world that provides equal opportunity for minorities.

“I will continue to use my voice to represent those that don't have one, and to speak for those who are underrepresented to provide an opportunity to have a chance in our sport.”

Hamilton attended a BlackLivesMatter protest in London earlier this month, and has established 'The Hamilton Commission', which aims to increase diversity in STEM subjects.

F1 itself has announced the #WeRaceAsOne initiative which contains a Task Force that will listen to paddock voices on how to improve diversity in F1.


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  • When Herr Bernie was born before WW2. He literally is older than 96% of the planet. His views reflect that. I wish he joins a museum.

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    • Jun 27 2020 - 18:34
    • hahahahahaha. !! How true. And yet - he has moments of pure brilliance of thought - he needs to retire and reporters should stop asking him questions in the knowledge his comments will always be incendiary !

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      • Jun 27 2020 - 19:02
  • Kean

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    No surprise really. Bernie also thinks Putin should run all of Europe. Strange little man. Eh.. he'll be dead soon.

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    • Jun 28 2020 - 09:14
    • We will all die one day. All things must fade, and all that will remain is the Queen of England.

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      • Jun 28 2020 - 17:19
    • He did say some out of touch things, but I don't know that he said anything racist did he? The main quote that offended people is "in lots of cases, black people are more racist than what white people are." This a vague quote. It's true with the right group of black and white people. Could also be true of Chinese, Hispanics, or any other ethnicity.

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      • Jun 29 2020 - 15:59
  • Dert38

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    don't forget to look out of yourselfs you lil racists

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    • Jun 28 2020 - 13:03

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