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Driver Sues NASCAR -- I'm No KKK Poster Boy

1/21/2010 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Driver Sues NASCAR -- I'm No KKK Poster BoyNASCAR is at the center of a heated race issue -- after a driver claims he was banned from a Drive for Diversity event for looking too damn white.

In fact, the driver claims NASCAR officials labeled him "the poster boy for the Ku Klux Klan" ... even though he's part Puerto Rican.

According to a federal lawsuit filed by Michael Rodriguez, dude claims his impressive resume got him accepted into the elite D for D program back in 2005 -- a program designed to "provide opportunities for female and minority drivers."

But in the docs, filed in Pennsylvania, Rodriguez claims when he actually showed up to the combine -- people made him feel "unwelcome" because he happens to have fair skin and light blue eyes.

During the combine, Rodriguez claims he suffered a head injury 20 minutes before his first race -- and although he was cleared by doctors, he suspiciously wasn't allowed to drive ... and shortly after he was banned from the track, the driver claims he heard race officials comparing him to members of the KKK.

We called NASCAR for comment ... we're supposed to get a statement soon.


The next year, Rodriguez claims he once again applied for the D for D event -- but during the selection meeting, his photo was placed on an overhead projector and an official said "he is the poster boy for the Ku Klux Klan and we can't have him at the combine."

Rodriguez says he wasn't accepted into the combine that year ... and then denied in 2007 as well.

He's suing NASCAR and a marketing company for an undisclosed amount. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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Joe Mama    

Diversity means: Take from those who work hard and give it to those that don't! You're absolutely right about "Celebrate Diversity"
is really an anti-White hate movement.



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1551 days ago
17.

Jeff    

When they step too far over that line, it's all going to drop back 100+ years. I know A LOT of white people that are getting VERY fed up with being held back for a lesser qualified minority. It's a matter of time before everyone gets fed up and the shizzz hits the fan.

1536 days ago
18.

Jeff    

Hrmmm, imagine that, people in charge of DIVERSITY showing their ability to be racists. Why is it only racist when It's white people doing it, and not racist when other races are doing it?



And yes I am familiar with Nascars drive for diversity program. Very familiar. I'm also familiar with the US Governments EEO programs, most work places EEO programs, and the governments racial equality programs and how they work.



Shame none of them have any form of equality in them. If a white person takes a discrimination case in front of the EEO officers, they'll get laughed out of the office. Believe me, it has happened to me. And also strange is how I've never seen a white person working in an EEO office.



They are trying to flip this whole race issue over on white people, they are starting to hold back a lot of more deserving white people because of EEO, and they are getting worse and more bold about it year to year.



They need to back off, when they step over that line just a little farther things might just start hitting reverse quick fast and in a hurry. I know a lot of white folks that are seriously starting to get fed up with it.

1536 days ago
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