In an announcement, NASCAR made a statement that they are very upset and offended by the finding of the noose
On Sunday, in the garage of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama, a noose was found inside the driver’s garage.
In an announcement shared by few columnists on social media, NASCAR stated that “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,”
NASCAR also said to the reporters that an instant inquiry has been opened and the racing organization promised to commit that they will do whatever necessary to find out who the culprit is and remove the culprit from the race immediately.
The NASCAR’s statement carried on with, “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.”
Bubba Wallace, 26, is currently the only black NASCAR driver on the circuit. Wallace gave his response about the noose incident and shared his response around social media.
In his statement, he wrote that “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 we must be in the fight against racism,”
Wallace’s statement carried on with, “Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and team members in the garage. Together, our sport has committed to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone.”
He believed that “Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate. As my mother told me today, ‘They are just trying to scare you.’ This will not break me, I will not give in, nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in.”
Wallace was one of the supporters of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. He highlighted the acknowledgment of the BLM movement in a race. The race was at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia earlier this month. In the Cup series, he is known as the first full-time black driver to race in about 50 years.
The car driven by Bubba Wallace for the race was owned by Richard Petty Motorsports. The color of the car was fully black and the car was used to promote the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter along its rear quarter-panels. Some words appeared on the hood of the car, they are “compassion, love, understanding”. Near the wheel, there is a painting of a black hand clasping a white hand. The car can be seen below in the image.
The banning of the Confederate flag at any event was one of the objectives that the BLM movement wants to achieve. Wallace was a passionate advocate for the banning of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events, in which the racing organization instantly proceed with the ban.
(Feature image source: PHOTO by SLAVEN VLASIC/GETTY)