FBI Investigates Discovery of Noose in Black NASCAR Driver’s Stall
Another day, another story steamed in hatred.
Sources say an FBI investigation is underway in the Sunday afternoon discovery of a noose found in the garage stall of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. Wallace is said to be NASCAR's only Black full-time driver who pushed for the banning of the Confederate flag at the series' venues.
Apparently, there was already an interest in distancing from the flag; but there was a concern of alienating a core group of NASCAR's fan base. However, the ban was enforced allegedly at Wallace's urging.
This certainly did not come without protest. Ray Ciccarelli, who has participated in 18 NASCAR Truck Series races over the past four years, announced the end of his career shortly after NASCAR banned Confederate flags from all events; and disgruntled fans are said to have driven past the main entrance to the Talladega track with their Confederate flags waving prior to Sunday's race. Around the same time, a plane flew over the track, pushing for the defunding of NASCAR while pulling a banner of the flag. Source.
However, there is a silver lining amid the madness. Many tied to NASCAR have come out in support of Wallace, and Gov. Kay Ivey said she was shocked and appalled at that there is no place for such a disgusting display of hatred in Alabama.
It's one thing to be filled with a hatred that burns a person on the inside. It's another thing to allow it to push one to commit an act against another.
It's not uncommon, though, for a sport to be a catalyst for equality and developing a neutral field (pun intended). Sports played a major role in integration during the 1960's. Amazingly, 40 years later, we see that integration was closer to toleration, which is not synonymous to acceptance.
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