The governing body of Formula 1, the FIA, has decided not to formally investigate driver Lewis Hamilton regarding a possible violation of the rules for wearing a shirt that said “Stop the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” at the Grand Prix. of Tuscany on Sunday in Italy.
The shirt referred to Taylor’s murder in March by police gunfire in Louisville, Ky., When police raided his apartment using a no-knock warrant during a drug trafficking investigation that involved her ex boyfriend. The shirt also had a picture of him on the back under the phrase “say his name”.
The FIA, which oversees many of the world’s top auto racing series and has supported anti-racism demonstrations at its events, said it will publish new guidelines on its members on the subject, Sky Sports reported.
According to the BBC, the FIA is a signatory to the Olympic Charter, which prohibits any “kind of political, religious or racial demonstration or propaganda” and was considering whether Hamilton’s action violated its own rule which states: “The FIA will refrain from demonstrating. discrimination based on race, skin color, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic or social origin, language, religion, philosophical or political opinion, family situation or disability in the course of its activities and to take any action to that effect. “
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Six-time F1 champion Hamilton is the only black driver in F1 and previously wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts, while he and other drivers displayed the End Racism message on their clothes and cars with the support of F1, which has kicked off a #WeRaceAsOne pro-diversity campaign this year.
Hamilton’s Mercedes-AMG team also changed the color of its two cars from silver to black this season to help further the cause.
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