An Alabama NASCAR racer, Bubba Wallace, made headlines about a week ago when he took a public stand for his values and raced at the Martinsville Speedway in a Black Lives Matter-inspired car. As the only Black racer in the Cup Series, Wallace's activism even had a hand in NASCAR's banning the Confederate flag from races. After finding a noose in his garage stall on Sunday, Wallace’s strength and resilience are undeterred.
“As my mother told me today, 'They are just trying to scare you.' This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in,” Wallace said in a statement he posted to his social media platforms Sunday night following the act.
NASCAR released a statement on their website saying they were outraged and have already begun an investigation into who could have left the noose.
“We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport," NASCAR's statement read.
"As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR.”
Wallace, an Alabama native, is no stranger to the south’s deep roots in NASCAR, but this seems to have only served to strengthen his resolve to stand up for what he believes in.
Wallace has made his values clear in everything he does. His BLM car featured a black and a white fist embracing on the hood, framed with the words “compassion, love, understanding.”
The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag runs down the sides, along with a peace sign with hands of all colors.
Wallace has been seen at races wearing a t-shirt with the last words of the late George Floyd, “I Can’t Breathe.” His activism has reached even farther as a driving force pushing NASCAR to make the decision to ban the Confederate flag at races.
Saddened but undeterred, Wallace wrote on Twitter, "Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry."
"Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone. Nothing is more important and we will not be deterred by the reprehensible actions of those who seek to spread hate."