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Noose found in Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR garage

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/22/20, 05:05 pm

Just before NASCAR’s first race after banning Confederate flags at its tracks, a crew member found a noose in the garage of the driver who pushed for the change. Bubba Wallace is the only full-time African American driver in the racing organization. The FBI, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, and federal prosecutors are investigating the Sunday incident at Wallace’s garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

How did fans respond to the ban? Although security prevented people from bringing Confederate flags to the racetrack on Monday, people drove by the entrance displaying the symbol on their vehicles, and an airplane flew over with a banner that read, “Defund NASCAR.” In an act of solidarity, the other drivers pushed Wallace’s car to the front of the field before the race.

Dig deeper: Read Sharon Dierberger’s report in Muse about how the NFL and other sports leagues are responding to concerns about racism.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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  •  Deb O's picture
    Deb O
    Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 11:01 am

    Tell me again that the Confederate flag just represents states rights...

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 04:01 pm

    My last name is on enough Civil War era tombstones for me to be highly offended by anyone flying the Rebel flag.

    Flying the Confereate Flag is no more protected free speech than advocating for Rebellion. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 04:41 pm

    There will probably always be a few bigots among us. And if we are going to maintain the principle of free speech, it's going to have to extend to the offensive speech of some whose opinions we can't stand. 

    I'm pretty offended by people who won't stand for the US Flag, among other things. But I (grudgingly) admit it's their right to do so. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 06/23/2020 05:00 pm
    Posted: Wed, 06/24/2020 02:30 pm

    "The noose found in Nascar driver Bubba Wallace's garage was actually a handle on a garage door and had been there since last year, an FBI investigation has concluded."