Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s Only Black Driver, Is Threatened With a Noose
arlier this month, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, the only full-time black driver on the stock car racing circuit, shocked the world. Not by winning a race but by winning an argument: the argument that the ubiquitous Confederate flag, so present at NASCAR events, so central to the branding of the sport for decades, should be banned from all racing premises. Even more amazingly, he garnered the near-universal agreement of his fellow racers that the time to take the Confederate flag out of the sport had long come to pass.
But racists never go gentle into that good night. Late on Sunday evening, in a punch to the gut for everyone who saw progress on NASCAR’s horizon, it was announced that a noose had been found in Wallace’s garage stall the night before the big race in Talladega. In a lengthy statement posted to social media, which should be read in full, Wallace wrote, “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.”....
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