The Nascar Championship announced on Sunday to open an investigation for « act of hatred » after the discovery of a hangman’s rope, recalling the lynchings practiced in the United States during the slavery and segregationist periods, in the garage of Bubba Wallace, the only black driver who participates full-time in this competition, on the Talladega circuit, in Alabama (south).
» We are furious and outraged, and cannot express enough how seriously we take this act of hate.the automotive organization wrote in a statement. We have opened an immediate investigation and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and remove them from our sport. There is no place for racism in Nascar. »
« It won’t break me. I won’t give up, and I won’t back down. »
Twenty-six-year-old Bubba Wallace is very committed to the fight against racial inequality in the United States, and recently supported Nascar’s decision to ban the Confederate flag, still popular in the South of the United States, from its competitions. but which is considered by many to be a symbol of slavery and racism. On Twitter, the pilot said » incredibly sad « in the face of this » despicable act of racism « : « It won’t break me. I won’t give up, and I won’t back down. »
Sunday’s race at Talladega, which was to be the first of the season to welcome the public after a hiatus due to the Covid-19 outbreak, was postponed to Monday due to thunderstorms. Prior to this postponement, a plane trailing a huge Confederate flag as well as a banner with the slogan “Cut the food at Nascar” flew over the circuit, a demonstration which was also condemned by race organizers.