Dale Earnhardt Jr and Immigration: An Open Letter
After President Trump signed an executive order restricting travel for foreign nationals from seven war torn countries many celebrities and sports stars added their two-cents to the debate. Similar to many of the voices from Hollywood or sports, NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr tweeted the following.
“My fam immigrated from Germany in 1700s escaping religious persecution. America is created by immigrants.”
The Tweet was innocent enough but the interview following the Tweet storm was what really showed Dale Earnhardt Jr’s lack of knowledge on the situation. A few years ago Dale Jr also was on the progressive side in the Confederate Flag issue too. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I felt an open letter to Dale Earnhardt Jr on politics might be in order since I am also entitled to MY own opinion.
First, it is great to see you healthy and back in NASCAR because my favorite sport is better with you in the driver’s seat.
Now that I got the good stuff out of the way its time to let you know why your “Tweet Heard Around the World” lacked nuance. Similar to when you threw the Confederate Flag under the bus after the shooting in South Carolina you might want to steer clear of politics to not alienate the NASCAR fan base. While the Confederate Battle Flag has been adopted by some idiots that flag means a lot to folks with Southern Roots who do not have a racist bone in their bodies. Similarly this suspension of travel has the sort of a majority of Americans according to polling by Rasmussen Reports and an even larger majority of NASCAR fans.
As basketball legend Michael Jordan famously said when asked about why he wasn’t more outspoken when it came to politics he said, “Republicans buy sneakers too.”
Whenever I see some celebrity parroting the biased media message on ANYTHING it is concerning. Yes we are ALL a nation of immigrants unless your name is “Running Bear” but the world is a more dangerous place than it was back in the 1700s when the Earnhardt Clan set sail for the New World.
In case you missed this in your history lessons in school the use of the word “Caliphate” by the leader of ISIS should concern everyone. European countries have been over run by refugees escaping the violence in the Middle East. Unlike your ancestors and mine who sought to assimilate into the American way of life some of these new immigrants have a different view of the world.
Those showing their allegiance to ISIS are still fighting the Crusades!
Would you open the doors to your house and invite 50,000 Dale Earnhardt Jr fans to come visit your house this weekend without having any security screening in place?
All that President Trump did last week was to say it was time for a “Black Flag” to be flown on immigration from seven countries that the Obama Administration said could not provide proper documentation on their citizens. Just as you would not let a bunch of Dale Earnhardt Jr fans to invade your house without security in place the USA Government is taking the same strategy with these new immigrants.
NASCAR has done enough to alienate their loyal fans without having the sport’s biggest star speak out on an issue by just parroting the biased view of the dishonest media.
Have a great test session in Phoenix this week and I hope we see you in Victory Lane early and often in the new season.
“A Concerned NASCAR Fan”