BOSTON- With all the protests going across the United States and the sports world coming together to fight the cause, you would believe that change would be made.
Unfortunately in NASCAR, it looks like racism and vitriol continues to flourish more than the gas tanks on the tracks.
Renowned racer Bubba Wallace located in his garage one of the most despicable and disparaging sights known to mankind. A noose.
The hateful sight was found by Wallace and his crew less than two weeks following his successful push towards auto racing series banning the Confederate flag at its tracks and facilities.
NASCAR announced the discovery late Sunday launched an immediate investigation. In an statement, NASCAR announced that “it will do everything possible to find who was responsible and eliminate them from the sport.”
”We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” the series said in a statement. ”As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”
It almost leaves no doubt that whoever is responsible will most certainly face a permanent ban from racing similar to how former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the league for racism.
Wallace did not mince words either. On Twitter, he said the ”the 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.”
In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Wallace expressed gratitude towards the drivers who have come forward with support.
”Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry including other drivers and tea members in the garage,” he said.
“Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real chance and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone” Wallace said. “Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate.”
It is also worth noting that Wallace is the only African-American driver in the Elite Cup Series. Still, this incident has only strengthened one common statement between those who wish for change and have not received it.
IT MUST CHANGE OR ELSE
The hope lies within the younger generation as they being educated remains the glimmer of hope of the racist ideals of the country being excoriated from the premises.
As for Wallace, he will continue his fight, but in NASCAR’s quest to remove the racism, this drive got a very bad flat tire.