The Birmingham City Council, which leapt at the opportunity to support the scam that was Vulcan Bike Week, won’t be supporting the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, an IndyCar racing event which brings tens of thousands of tourists to Birmingham every year and which has an estimated $80 million dollar impact on the Birmingham Metro Area:
“The Honda-Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will not get financial support from the city of Birmingham.
On Tuesday, Mayor William Bell withdrew a request for $300,000 to host and promote the race at the Barber Motorsports Park.
Last week, the council deadlocked on a vote over that request. Councilman Steven Hoyt questioned why a city with a black majority should continue to give money to support the Barber Motorsport track, saying decisions at Barber were not made by anyone who “looked like him.”
Mayor Bell’s office did not comment on the withdrawal.”
What’s the problem?
In a city which has been explicitly run for the enrichment and empowerment of black people since 1979, there weren’t enough people at Barber Motorsports “who look like” Councilman Steven Hoyt. The whiteness of IndyCar racing proved to be an insurmountable obstacle to a long term contract that would keep the event in Birmingham.
Note: Along with a policy that awards contracts to “disadvantaged business enterprises” to install signs that kill people at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, this a classic example of why Birmingham is The Tragic City, not because it lacks a city-county consolidated government like Nashville.
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