Bubba Wallace made a statement on Monday in response to President Trump, who said earlier today that Wallace, the only black full-time NASCAR driver, should apologize after a noose was discovered in his garage in a freeway. in Alabama. In a declaration addressed to “the next generation and the little ones who follow in my footsteps”, wrote Wallace, “… always face the hatred that is thrown at you with LOVE! … Even when it’s HATE from POTUS [president of the United States]”
On Monday before, Trump referred to the noose incident as a “hoax” e questioned if Wallace had “apologized to all those great NASCAR pilots and officials who had come to his aid, were by his side and were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find that the whole thing was just another HOAX? ” After the noose was discovered and the race postponed due to the weather, they helped fellow drivers and crew members during the pre-race activities the next day as a sign of support.
“The That & Flag decision caused the lowest ratings EVER!” Mr. Trump tweeted, referring to NASCARprohibit the Confederate flag from competitions.
In response, Wallace turned to his young fans, saying, “You will always have people who will test you. Seeing if they can drop you off your pedestal. I encourage you to hold your head up high and walk proudly on the path you have chosen. Never let someone tell you you can’t do something! “
Then he offered further advice, writing: “… always face the hatred that is thrown at you with LOVE! Love of hate every day. Love should come naturally because people are HOSTED to hate”.
One of Wallace’s crew members found that the team’s garage stall door rope was tied in a noose before a race last month. After his discovery, which came against the background ofagainst police brutality and racial injustice, the FBI and NASCAR in the accident.
Wallace initially called the display a “despicable act of racism and hatred”, while NASCAR said he was “angry and outraged” and came to his defense, saying in a statement that the organization praised “his courage and leadership” for speaking.
“NASCAR continues to resist with Bubba, our competitors and everyone who makes our sport welcoming and inclusive for all racing fans,” said the racing company.
The FBIthe noose had been in the garage garage since October 2019 and therefore could not be targeted at Wallace. As a result, they determined that no crime had been committed. Both the office and NASCAR described the rope as a noose.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was pressured during Monday’s White House press briefing to explain why Mr. Trump believes that Wallace should apologize, mainly because he was one of his crew members, not the driver. himself, to find the noose in the garage. Wallace was also not the person who reported him.
“The FBI, as I noted, concluded that it was not a hate crime, and believes it would do a lot if Bubba came out and recognized it,” said McEnany.
But soon after the FBI revealed his findings, Wallace released a statement saying he was “relieved” that the probe “revealed that it wasn’t what we feared” and thanked NASCAR and the FBI for taken the episode seriously.
NASCAR President Steve Phelps also dismissed the idea that the discovery was part of a “hoax”, saying that Wallace and his team “had nothing to do with it.”
However, McEnany declined to elaborate on Mr. Trump and instead claimed that the president was emphasizing the press “trial” that hate crime was committed. He also said that the president “has not issued a judgment in one way or another” on NASCAR’s ban on displaying the Confederate flag.
“The central point of the tweet was to note the incident, the alleged hate crime that was not actually a hate crime,” he said. “In the end, the flag ban was mentioned in the wider context of the fact that it rejects the idea that some NASCAR men and women participating in these sporting events were racist.”