After He Spoke Out Against Confederate Flag, Someone Put a Noose in NASCAR Driver Bubba Wallace’s Locker

Since the early days of the sport, Confederate flags have been common sights at stock car racing events. The races are frequently held at Southern race tracks and thousands of fans bring them along. The sport has made small pushes to remove them including a program where fans could exchange Confederate flags for American one.

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But the nation’s temperature during the George Floyd protests gave NASCAR the final push it needed to ban the flag from their events. That push was helped, in large part, by Bubba Wallace, the only African American driver currently racing in the top series. This weekend, someone placed a noose in the driver’s garage.

A race was set to take place in Tallageda, Alabama this weekend, but was postponed due to weather. That didn’t stop someone from placing the object in Wallace’s stall.

The organization said in a statement:

“Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport. As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”

Wallace also commented on the incident, saying, “Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent how must be in the fight against racism.”

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