Jeremy Mayfield-NASCAR: Fairness In Equality

Gary GuilliamsCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2009

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 20:  Jeremy Mayfield driver of the #41 All Sport Body Quencher Toyota stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 20, 2009 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

I was listening to some music like any other 16 year old does, i get into this state where i just listen to the words and peel apart the meaning. I was listening to Where Is the Love by The Black Eyed Peas. Its about 3/4 way through the song when these set of lyrics are said.

"I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder. As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder. Most of us only care about money makin'. Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction. Wrong information always shown by the media. Negative images is the main criteria. Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema. Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity.

Whatever happened to the fairness in equality. Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity. Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity. That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under. That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down. There's no wonder why sometimes. I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found"

Now this song is talking about far greater things than than Jeremy Mayfield and NASCAR. But, if you take things from that verse and break it down is it really? Maybe its just talking about anything in the world that is bad.

Most of only care about money makin' - This is how I feel NASCAR is sometimes it seems like they only care about making their next buck. In the past few years i really haven't seen them make an effort toward giving the fans a better experience. 

Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction - NASCAR seems to have been selfish in this whole ordeal. From the start they didn't want to give Mayfield his chance to speak it was like ridiculous everything happened so fast. They wanted to control everything from square one.

Wrong information always shown by the media. Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria- This one again is on NASCAR. They never gave Jeremy a chance to say his side. As soon as NASCAR could they did everything they could to let it be known what had happened without knowing the truth. And it spread so fast that just about everybody bought into it.

Whatever happened to the fairness in equality - I'd have to say that this fits perfectly. Fairness in equality as stated in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him. Yes, Mayfield is getting his trial. But, what about an appeals system in NASCAR? Why don't the drivers have a right to that?

Everything could have easily been avoided if Jeremy had an intial chance to prove himself innocent without attorneys and without everything else but NASCAR didn't want that. Everything could have also been easily avoided if Jeremy just went quiet like NASCAR asked. And, if he had it wouldn't have been the first time somebody went quietly.

Talking about music reminds me of the Drowning (Face Down) by Saving Abel. The only reason i'm probably reminded of it is because Jeremy is in the video for it.

"I've gone too far to turn around. It's hard to reach for you. When I'm lying face down. I can't relieve my soul. I'm lost in a moment. Lying face down." It remind me of the Mayfield and NASCAR situation because now they have both gone to far to turn around.

In Jeremy's case because if he didnt finish the fight his name wouldn't be cleared. And he would prolly never have a chance in any type of racing or anything.

In NASCAR's case maybe they are wrong but they have made such a big deal about it now. How they have the best drug testing policy in sports. And if they turned around now they would look like complete fools, and that is something NASCAR will never own up too, being a fool.