Bernie Ecclestone claims black people are more racist than white while praising Lewis Hamilton for his efforts in ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
Bernie Ecclestone has come under the scanner for his controversial comments yet again. This time, it’s on the Black Lives Matter issue.
Lewis Hamilton has set up The Hamilton Commission to increase diversity in motorsport and called out F1 stars for “staying silent … in the midst of injustice.”
The Mercedes driver has also been actively participating in ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests in the UK, making his voice heard by getting onto the streets.
How did Bernie Ecclestone praise Lewis Hamilton?
Ecclestone, who was replaced as CEO in 2017 after nearly four decades in charge, had this to say.
“Lewis is a little bit special,” told CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies.
“First, he’s very, very, very talented as a driver and he seems to be now extremely talented when’s he standing up and can make speeches.
“This last campaign he’s doing for Black people is wonderful. He’s doing a great job and it’s people like that — easily recognizable — that people listen to.”
Bernie Ecclestone makes controversial remark about black community
He fears that the Commission won’t have a tangible impact, though.
“I don’t think it’s going to do anything bad or good for Formula One,” he said.
“It’ll just make people think which is more important. I think that’s the same for everybody. People ought to think a little bit and think: ‘Well, what the hell. Somebody’s not the same as White people and Black people should think the same about White people.’
As he praises Lewis Hamilton’s drive for diversity, ex-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says ‘in lots of cases Black people are more racist than White people.’
— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) June 26, 2020
“In lots of cases, Black people are more racist than what White people are.”
Bernie also spoke on the issue of statues of eminent personalities being taken down, criticizing the ones doing it.
“I think they need to start being taught at school,” said Ecclestone.
“So they grow up not having to think about these things. I think it’s completely stupid taking all these statues down. They should’ve left them there. Take the kids from school to look and say why they’re there and what the people did and how wrong it was what they did.”
Bernie and controversial statements go hand in hand.
The Chairman-emeritus of Formula One is no stranger to controversial statements. He had earlier praised Adolf Hitler for being “able to get things done.” Apart from this, he also backed Vladimir Putin’s policy towards homosexuals.
And now he is in the news for nonchalantly making a controversial remark about the ongoing ‘Black Lives matter’ movement. It would be interesting to see how Lewis Hamilton responds to Bernies’ comments.