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Hamilton left ‘disappointed’ by Andretti, Stewart comments on racism

  • Published on 21 Jul 2020 13:09
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton has expressed disappointment over comments on racism made by Formula 1 world champions Mario Andretti and Jackie Stewart.

In recent weeks, Hamilton has expressed his desire to see racial equality, with F1 pushing to implement more diversity within the sport going forward.

A Task Force has been set up to listen to voices in the paddock on how to make changes so that people who are underrepresented have more of a chance of having a career in F1.

Hamilton has pledged to set up 'The Hamilton Commission' which aims to improve diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.

Since the start of the 2020 season, F1 drivers have worn 'End Racism' t-shirts before the start of grands prix, with a majority opting to take a knee before the start of the national anthem.


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Speaking on Good Morning Britain recently, Sir Jackie Stewart said of Hamilton's activism: “I think Lewis has been a great example to lots of people. He's quite vocal about these elements, I don't think there's as big a problem as there might seem.

“There is no resistance for change if someone is clever and good at what they do. They will be accepted in Formula 1.

“What we need to do is be sure whatever colour, man or women, they have to be educated in that particular area of engineering and if we had different races wanting to get into Formula 1 they have to do it through education.”

Andretti also questioned Hamilton's motives, claiming the six-time world champion was creating a problem around a situation that doesn't exist.

“There's a time and a place to express your opinions,” Andretti said. “What happened in NASCAR with Bubba Wallace became bigger than it should be.

“What seemed to be a terrible situation was finally not. It was disproportionate and without reason. That happens when you think about politics before anything else.

“It's the same thing. I have a lot of respect for Lewis, but why become a militant? He's always been accepted and he's earned everyone's respect. I think the whole point of this is pretentious. I feel that way. And it's creating a problem that doesn't exist.”

Taking to Instagram, Hamilton responded to the quotes from Andretti and Stewart.

“This is disappointing but unfortunately a reality that some of the older generation who still have a voice today cannot get out of their own way and acknowledge there is a problem,” he wrote.

“Again, this is plain ignorance but that will not stop me from continuing to push for change. It is never too late to learn and I hope that this man who I've always had respect for can take the time to educate himself.”

Following up with a screenshot which showed an article regarding Stewart's comments, Hamilton said: “Again, another one. Just disappointing.”

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  • xoya

    Posts: 582

    This is going too far in my honest opinion.
    Andretti and Stewart are right.

    No one denies that there is racism. There will always be racism, but as long as the individuals promoting it are punished, there is no problem.

    Same thing with nationalism, religious hate etc.

    You can't simply cancel an idea; there are 7 BILLION people on earth with various levels of education, IQ, upbringing...
    You can only punish people that promote it and make that idea into something that isn't a problem.

    • + 2
    • Jul 21 2020 - 13:54
    • 2GRX7

      Posts: 108

      Spoken by a person on the "equitable" side of the "problem"! There's a whole lot more we, as a society, can do to correct the results of racism. To understand why racism is used as a tool of capitalism is to understand why these cries have fallen on deaf ears (keep the serfs fighting), and why 10% of the world population hold more than 90% of accumulated wealth worldwide.

      One cannot expect the minority that's historically been identified as a societal "crutch" to simply keep taking it without highlighting the, "WHYS", 90% of which are the REACTIONS to historical ACTIONS taken upon us.

      • + 1
      • Jul 21 2020 - 17:09
    • agreed, sadly the zealots just get bigger and bigger mics. That Hammy at all can badmouth his current and former colleagues this way is bad form.

      • + 2
      • Jul 21 2020 - 18:01
    • siggy74

      Posts: 194

      I must laugh, freedom of speech seems to be dead......

      And dont forget that 10% of the population.... that hold the wealth, relates to Lewis ;p

      Net Worth about 500 million...

      • + 2
      • Jul 21 2020 - 19:20
    • Sorry Xoya, but who is being punished? It all starts in the home with educating our children. Little kids don't discriminate and play without each other without noticing color, until they are taught to hate by their parents and family. So the parents should be punished?

      • + 0
      • Jul 22 2020 - 00:58
    • xoya

      Posts: 582

      In this case, neutral people that make up the majority of population on earth, are being punished by not being able to speak their minds, think out loud and carry on with their normal lives.

      Everyone alive has been on the margins in one sphere of life at least once in their lifetime.

      Romanians are hated in Hungary, Muslims are hated by Christians, French are hated by the English...
      Everyone is prejudiced, that's why why we have governments. To regulate these kinds of things.

      Everyone normal will condemn what happened to George Floyd and it should be punished, however this kind of overraction is comparable to the way feminists react, which is a shame, because it undermines the noble cause it represents.

      • + 2
      • Jul 22 2020 - 01:30
  • Dert38

    Posts: 354

    Andretti old-ass RACIST

    • + 0
    • Jul 21 2020 - 14:12
  • It might just take a generation to clear the slate - you can't teach old dogs new tricks.... Andretti is embarrassing and his PR guy needs to step in and do his job. It might have been better to argue increased debate rather that say there's no problem, - of course there's a bloody problem it stands out a mile !!!

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    • Jul 21 2020 - 20:19
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    I am sorry shaming those who don't agree with you is bullying. If you asked Lewis if he has never made a disparaging remark about South asians or arabs he would be lying. Taking a fascist approach to make change with racism will hinder things. Categorizing everything by race is racist. I am not white I feel more uncomfortable in a room of people of my race than a room full of white people. This may be a painful part of his growing up to be treated different than the white kids of his ability but I promise that it is an important element of what has driven him to his success . Mandating change won't mandate change. Change comes from within.

    • + 4
    • Jul 21 2020 - 23:39
    • There's a difference between bullying or shaming and calling someone out for not having a clue. Change may come from within, but unless it is pointed out from outside, idiots remain oblivious to their ignorance.

      • + 0
      • Jul 22 2020 - 01:04
  • You know what they say opinions are like, and everybody's got one. OK, we get it, Hamilton has experienced racism directed at him and old white dudes are clueless about how hard it is to be on the receiving end of racism. More racing stories please and less political stories.

    • + 2
    • Jul 22 2020 - 01:02
  • Fake concerns this charlatan has had since the start of this whole George Floyd incident. All that happened was police brutality against a civilian that happens to be black, that is typical of the Police institutions in the USA. So many videos online to show the US police handle arrests with knees to the back or throat if you did a statistic on this you will find the distribution to be even between the various races for suspects. It is an American problem and if no one else in the world gives a shit about it? that's expected and precisely the right attitude because these nations have their own issues to sort and their citizens will reflect that. This patronizing dipshit is not even American and trying to show feigned concerned over issues that don't concern him. His concern was no were to be seen when Darfur first became a major problem.

    Look through the bullshit and it clear he is just trying to win brownie points and look nice, nothing more. Like the rest of the shameless bastards trying to cash in on this. LOL that "I take responsibility" movement was pathetic, do they want to put money where they big fat mouths are? Face the maximum punishment for manslaughter? Because that is what that murderous cop should be facing right now.

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    • Jul 22 2020 - 05:24
    • 2GRX7

      Posts: 108

      I wonder how many of your friends are regurgitating this stuff? LOL!

      • + 0
      • Jul 22 2020 - 09:22
    • @2GRX7 A lot of them and it all comes naturally:) because unlike the stupids who buy into this BLM political bulllshit, and it is political bullshit mind you, we are least bit concerned about someone going "oh you must be racist!" I am brown skinned of mixed Asian and India decent and we have bigger issues to sort out in our communities and not some bullcrap like this. If you are one of those offended by my post, I am glad to offend you even more because I am going to not mince words here, then you are exactly the type of dipshit I am referring to.

      BLM has no real interests in a black cause, case in point: their total lack of any traction for action in the Darfur case. LOL pathetic now we so many self appointed SJWs, Keyboard warriors, Tweeter bouncers all fighting in the name of BLM.

      Here is a new idea "AllLivesMatter". Now go back and sort your own house' affairs first before you start trying to save the world or change the world or save the climate or fight for black or brown or some gender confusion cause. Most of these people who identify with these pseudo causes are 99% of the time having severe career problems and their personal lives are a mess. The pattern is not surprising, they use these platforms as a void to fill in their very obvious shortcomings, while celebs use it to toot their horn and gain attention. This Mercedes dipshit is working on his personal brand for his commercial ventures, that's what this is all about. PR 101. It just business and the naive are lapping it up like it's something good, the jokes on them. ;)

      • + 2
      • Jul 22 2020 - 10:05
    • 2GRX7

      Posts: 108

      Wow- you have no clue what you're talking about. There's no, "even distribution" of anything between the races when it comes to people aggression-NONE!

      You are lacking a clear understanding of history, and just like another voice on here shouting about Darfur, I will tell you the same thing-we must first close the book on our civil war before fixing someone elses'! That includes U.S., U.K. , Spain, Portugal, Netherlands.

      Interesting-you sound just like AJP on here! Funny- I didn't call you a name, or anything like that! And if you're a "brown-skinned mixed Asian" as you claim, LOL- you DO have issues to work out- and it's sounding like more than you realize!

      • + 0
      • Jul 23 2020 - 12:36
    • 2GRX7

      Posts: 108

      First paragraph: people=police

      • + 0
      • Jul 23 2020 - 12:49
    • Au contraire mon capitan, I know exactly what am talking about and me my community don't give a shit about American issues, and that's all this is, an American issue. Where were these dipshits when tortured organ trade and unwarranted detention of Fulan Gong practitioners was going on for decades in China? Oh these rascals sure were so happy to race in China despite all that, no condemnation no nothing from anyone in F1, certainly no stance against the CCP. Where were these dipshits when violence/rape cases where on the rise against women happened in the last few years In India? Nope no voice from any of them because it is not that interesting for the western/European audience, their target market for brownie points. Poor try by trying to take jab at my mix race background typical of your types, it was only mentioned to you to show that even people who aren't white, can't be bothered to give a shit about BLM or these American centric issues ;) You know, we are more busy with pursuing actual careers and making a living, you know? stuff like that? =))

      You don't need to look further than videos of take downs of suspects in various sting operations or any police videos on how riot police in the US handle arrests, its all very brutal mostly against whites. Blacks are hardly in the picture when it comes general riot police going up against large crowds protesting against some globalists meetings or some anti-nuclear program protests et cetra.

      2GRX7: "must first close the book on our civil war before fixing someone elses"

      LOL now you are talking about fixing "our civil" war? I am not with you bro. American are you? Then you just supported everything I've told so far, if you are American then get to it a-hole, stop moaning about others not joining with you, certainly no one outside the USA needs to give a shit. Hamilton isn't American exactly why I called this dipshit a charlatan trying to cash in on the feels good movement that's in vogue on this whole affair. If his loud mouth wants to make a valid claim start with actual crisis like Darfur and the mass genocides happening in Africa for a long while now. Ah! but those are acts of pure evil done by Africans on Africans, um yeah.....can not focus on that now...coz doesn't make for a good white supremacy against black story now does it? ;) So don't be a patronizing brownie point farming whore like this Mercedes dipshit.

      So what are you going to do about it, hmmm? Are you too "taking responsibility" like those celebs were allegedly ready to? Ready to face manslaughter charges? Is that your grande solution? You know, you sound like an idiot and you know it. This Mercedes dipshit also claims similar things, " F1 isn't doing enough, we must find solutions, we must do this, we must do that, the world must do this". All shallow useless opinions and not one actual solution put forward. You know why? because these idiots don't know what they are dealing with they have no solution oh but it sure looks kwel to simply say hey we need to do more, but what exactly is that "more"? Kneeling down before a race? LOL PATHETIC! how is that going to change anything? Do you see how stupid and superficial all this is? Nope I guess not that's why you are jumping on the bandwagon like the rest of them. STFU and actually come up with a solution before you open your big fat traps. I don't have to give suggestions because like I said it's an American issue not mine. This is the same reason why many in F1 don't give a shit again why the heck should they?

      AJP? What in the hell is that? Must be another one of those abbreviations your clown groups love to throw around. More like bullshido practitioners throwing random medical terms to sound authoritative LOL.

      OH! and "History" lol you have no clue about history like the rest of these clowns, every now and then your types come on the tele and then get rekt when the statistics are shown to them by people who actually know what they doing. Not one credible bit of stat has these BLM, SJW, 100+ Gender loonies come up with that could stand up to scrutiny. Figures, they don't have a real cause, they are just grumpy with their own lives and they need to project their frustrations somehow, these movements in a weird way gives them purpose. It's so easy easy to see right through your types. You imbeciles don't even realize these high profile celebs unlike you lot don't have to invest any real effort or energy on anything in terms of capital, all they do is open their mouths and make flashy statements on camera or to the press extending out a microphone, it is you anonymous clowns who go online and wage all the war of words for them, see how they are 'using' you? LOOOOL!!! You know what? this charlatan must be getting a huge kick out of comments like yours when he reads them on his twitter feeds, he is just thinking how easy it is to PR talk that plays right into minds of certain groups, that little stunt he pulled to walk with the protestors? it was a very well planned photo OP and worked, not in finding solutions but for his "brand". The jokes on you, dunces.

      I'll leave you with a nice little extra rekting, because am unashamedly petulant with your types.

      Munroe Bergdorf claims there is white supremacy for example in the education system in the UK which is supposedly sooo plain to see. The host of the show points the stats:

      33% of White kids go to Uni
      37% of black kids go to Uni
      67% of Indian Kids go to Uni
      76% of Chinese Kids go to Uni

      Where is the white racism in that? was the rebuttal. LOOOOOOL Right on!. REKT.

      Let that sink in.... real slow... for you a-hole. We Asians prioritize on actual value endeavors, remember what I said just a while ago to you about we actually having real careers and focus on making a real living and so we don't give a shit about these movements? That's the difference. Blacks in the USA have only excuses for their state of affairs they like to be ghetto, they like to wallow in their victim hood they never put any effort to lift themselves up and when some of them do they get criticized for not doing enough for their community, Obama anyone? You think it's comedy when Chris Rock says nothing "makes nigga happy than not knowing the answer to your question", that's all funny and stuff but it is the reality. Yeah keep up that mindset and you will get shot if you run around carrying guns and trying to duke it out with cops coming after you, specially if you are black because gun violence and gang violence are the highest among the blacks closely followed by Hispanics. Maybe one day Hispanics will overtake the blacks in gang violence. Average ~220 blacks shot and killed between 2017-2019 but no mass movements for that, why? because it had no dramatic footage to go with it, it's not like they were not in the news it's because now there is a good platform these celebs can cash in on and they all count on automatons like you to carry out their proxy fights online and out on the streets.

      LOL imbeciles, the lot of them.

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      • Jul 23 2020 - 15:14

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