Dale Jr. says the Confederate flag is ‘offensive to an entire race’

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

SONOMA, Calif. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. believes the Confederate flag is “offensive to an entire race” and “belongs in the history books and that’s about it.”

NASCAR’s most popular driver voiced his opinion of the controversial flag after being asked about it by reporters at Sonoma Raceway on Friday.

The North Carolina native also said he agrees that the Confederate flag should be removed from the South Carolina state capitol.

“I think it’s offensive to an entire race,” Earnhardt said. “It does nothing for anybody to be there flying, so I don’t see any reason. It belongs in the history books and that’s about it.”

Controversy has surrounded the Confederate flag, especially in the wake of the deadly June 17 shooting at a historically black South Carolina church that killed nine.

In South Carolina, the governor recently called for the Confederate flag to stop flying over the capitol. The governors of Virginia and North Carolina quickly declared that they would remove the flag from state license plates.

Meanwhile, several of the country’s top retailers — from Walmart to eBay and Amazon — announced they would stop selling Confederate flag merchandise.