Bubba Wallace is the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top circuit, and he has been an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests that are taking place across the country and the world. He even repainted his car with the “Black Lives Matter” phrase and wore an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt before an event, and he called on NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag.
However, NASCAR announced a few days ago that a noose was found in Wallace’s garage stall, and the Department of Justice investigators said that they’re looking into the incident that was found. US Attorney Jay E. Town said in a statement that the U.S. Attorney office for the Northern District of Alabama, FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division are reviewing the situation surrounding the incident and to determine whether there are violations of federal law.
“Regardless of whether federal charges can be brought, this type of action has no place in our society.” – he added.
NASCAR also launched its own investigation into the matter.
As reported by CNN, Wallace himself never saw the noose, but a member of his team discovered it and brought it to NASCAR’s attention immediately. Additionally, CNN reported that NASCAR drivers are planning to show support for Wallace before Monday’s race.
This is what Bubba Wallace tweeted after the incident:
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 22, 2020
According to NASCAR, the garage area where the noose was found is restricted to essential personnel only, including race teams, NASCAR officials, security, and health & safety personnel.
NASCAR fans returned to the track for the first time in Talladega, Alabama, where a Confederate flag and a “Defund NASCAR” banner were seen flying over the track.