NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace found a noose hanging in his garage at the Talladega Speedway, in the aftermath of the American voicing his support of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to reports in America. Wallace wore a ‘I can’t breathe’ Black Lives Matter t-shirt at the Martinsville NASCAR Cup race, and was quick to throw his support behind the movement.
In the sport’s fight to remove and erradicate racism, NASCAR has promised to find the person responsible for planting the noose in Wallace’s garage.
Wallace has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, and has used his platform to voice his objections to racism and racial injustice.
The driver recently led the calls to ban the confederate flag from NASCAR events due to its controversial routes, which the organisation proceeded to do – much to the objection of Wallace’s fellow drivers.
Wallace, the only full-time African-American NASCAR driver, had ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ emblazoned on the side of his car for a recent race.
But in the early hours of Monday morning, Wallace took to Twitter to express his sadness at the actions of the unnamed individual.
In a heartbreaking post, he wrote: “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,” Wallace wrote on Twitter.
“Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and team members in the garage.
“Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone.
In a statement of their own, NASCAR promised they would find the responsible party and remove them from the sport for life.
“We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” the statement read.
“We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person[s] responsible and eliminate them from the sport.
“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.”