Bubba Wallace and his statement on the noose found in his garage

Noose Found In Bubba Wallace’s Garage After He Led Efforts To Ban The Confederate Flag From NASCAR

NASCAR has launched an investigation into a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the organization’s only full-time Black driver and the man who put pressure on them to ban the Confederate flag from all NASCAR events and locations. Wallace posted a response to the incident on Twitter vowing that he “will not give in nor will I back down.”

“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,” he wrote.

The FBI has also begun an investigation into the incident, though they’re not yet sure if federal charges could be brought against the individual responsible.

NASCAR posted their own response calling the leaving of the noose “heinous” and vowed to find whoever is responsible and “eliminate them from the sport.”

This racist action evokes a threat of lynching soon after multiple Black individuals and other people of color were found hanging dead from trees in various parts of the country. In the space of a couple weeks, six Black individuals were found this way across four states, prompting fears of modern-day lynchings. All of the deaths were declared to be suicides by local reporters, but Black communities, in particular, are doubtful that their people would do this to themselves.

Thankfully, Wallace has received overwhelming support from fans and from his fellow drivers, some of whom tweeted on how sick and angry they were upon learning that someone put a noose in his space.

We all stand with you, Bubba Wallace.