NASCAR has shocked a lot of people in the United States in the past few weeks. And no, it’s not because they’re in overdrive on their way to catch up on their Cup Series. It’s because a sport that I have always considered to be for gun-toting, redneck Americans has issued the strongest rebuke of racism in this country. Stronger than all other sports, stronger than police, and stronger than our own government.
Since Derek Chauvin and three other Minneapolis police officers murdered George Floyd a month ago, the American people have started showing their true colors. Millions have stood up, spoken out, and pledged support for the black communities. Unfortunately, while that has happened, more black citizens have been murdered by police. In addition to that, we’ve started to see black Americans found hanging in trees.
Think about that for a second. Black Americans are getting lynched. This is vile, evil behavior that nobody should stand for. And yet, so many are coming to the defense of police and refusing to believe that systemic racism exists within the country. We’re watching our black brothers and sisters die in the streets, in their beds while they sleep, and finding them hanging from trees. It’s happening right in front of our eyes.
Enter Bubba Wallace
The sole black NASCAR driver has let his voice be heard. He re-outfitted his car to support Black Lives Matter and advocated for the removal of the Confederate flag from the sport. So what did NASCAR do? It embraced the Black Lives Matter movement, banned the Confederate flag, and denounced racism in all forms. The sport that otherwise had been considered the most racist, with a racist fanbase, is taking the lead.
All that said, that behavior was allowed to exist for a long time. I applaud NASCAR for the steps they’re taking now, but they have a long way to go. Nothing has made that more apparent than the news that came in last night that a noose was found hanging in the garage of Bubba Wallace and his crew.
Bubba then released a statement on Twitter.
I am outraged. I’m angry. But I am so sadly not surprised. I do however have a feeling that NASCAR is going to get to the bottom of this, and quickly. And those are words that I never thought I’d say in this regard.
What hits home even harder is the fact that this wasn’t a fan. They’re not allowed at these events and wouldn’t have access to the 43 team garage anyway. That means this noose was hung by an employee of the sport. Whether it be another driver, crew member, or any other person involved in the sport, I hope they are found, banned, and brought to justice.
This behavior is despicable. A person’s a person no matter their race. That’s not disputable. It’s a fact. Black lives matter. End of discussion.
I agree with Dale Jr. I hope you see that checkered flag today, Bubba. We’re pulling for you.
We here at The Turf have always been of the mind that standing up for what is right and standing up in opposition to hate and violence is necessary. For resources on how to help the fight against systemic racism in the United States please check out the following links: Black Visions Collective, LGBTQ Freedom Fund, National Bail Fund, Reclaim the Block, Color of Change, and Black Lives Matter.
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