Just learned that the FBI are investigating the discovery of a noose in the garage of Bubba Wallace Sunday by a crew member.
That’s right a noose!
When will this racist shit end? What year is this?
Now before I jump to any conclusions or paint any narratives… Let me elaborate on who Bubba Wallace is. I posted about him on Instagram back in 2018 for a Black History Month post. But since I’m a tad bit of NASCAR fan not to mention this guy is kinda dreamy… Here you go!
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace was born Oct. 8th, 1993 in Mobile, AL. He made history after finishing as the runner-up in the Daytona 500, the highest finish for a Black driver ever. He is the 1st Black driver to make it to the NASCAR elite level since legend, Wendell Scott, 50 years ago. Wallace is also the 1st driver since 1969 to race the Daytona 500. The highest finish for a Black driver was 13th place, held previously by to Scott in 1966. In October of 2013, Wallace won the Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200. Before then, the only Black NASCAR driver to win a national series was the aforementioned Scott in 1963. In 2017, he became the 1st Black driver to race in the NASCAR Cup Series since Bill Lester did so in 2006.
Okay… Now that you have an idea who he is. Let’s get to the nitty gritty.
The National Association for Stock Car Racing or NASCAR as you know has a fan base that consists of a lot of southern white men. So far the organization, which is headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL has expressed disdain against the incident. For the most part, famous racers like Richard Petty have stood alongside Wallace as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. There was a lot of solidarity on Monday’s race in Talladega.
Wallace has remained highly vocal since the murder of George Floyd using his platforms to spread awareness.
That being said others, most notably far-right fans aren’t so happy with the driver’s politics. They even showed dislike for the organization’s banning of the Confederate flag. But as much as I see something like this being done in the south, who knows for sure?
I had friend in college who found a noose by her dorm room door and that was barely 2 decades ago. Just a month ago, we watched a black man beg a white police officer for his life followed by much social unrest. We’ve seen white supremacists March in Charlottesville protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, which has since come down following pro-black protests. And this isn’t something pulled from the 60’s or the “Civil Rights Era” this is what going on now.
But I also have to play devil advocate because maybe there is some race baiting going on? After all we all recall Jussie Smollett’s staged stunt in which he claimed to have been assaulted by white supremacists not to mention a noose tied around his neck?
Race baiting for political attention bus not anything new. But again, if you look throughout American History, a noose is damn near synonymous with lynching. It’s been used as a cruel prank as well as a fear tactic to rouse black Americans for years.
Either way, this country has grown to be so divisive that I often forget what year it is. Makes me wonder if blatant racism is making a comeback. And I blame none other than politics!
Because we have a leader in the white house who knows wholeheartedly the types of people who use his Make America Great Again slogan to promote hate, even if it’s not his true intent. Folks are having a tizzy regarding the whole banning of the Confederate flag. Also also, Trump has vowed to declare Antifa, the far left, anti fascist group as “terrorists”.
Although the KKK, a group who has knowingly terrorized and murdered countless Americans for well over a century. Following the aforementioned march, the president said that there bad [and fine] people on both sides.
And then you have left wing politicians using it as a way to maintain the black vote. Even presidential candidate Joe Biden said on a virtual interview with Charlemagne the god that if you vote Trump, you ain’t black.
It’s as if blacks are pawns in a political war that rarely if ever benefits us.
So while some argue that racism no longer exists and others claim otherwise, something like this always comes along to remind us that race is in fact an issue.
Until Next Time Kiddies,
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