Bubba Wallace Was Not A Victim Of Racism After Investigation

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"The FBI has completed its investigation at Talladega Superspeedway and determined that Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime", NASCAR said.

Bubba Wallace sat down with CNN's Don Lemon to respond to claims that a rope found in a NASCAR garage is a hand pull, not a noose, despite investigations by the FBI and NASCAR describing what was found as a noose. "My mother said, 'Did you ever believe you would be an activist?' I said, 'No, not really.' But I just felt in my heart that I needed to step up and be a leader in the forefront", Wallace said Tuesday on "The View". The first word of the incident came in a sharply worded statement in which NASCAR said it was "angry and outraged" over the "heinous act" that it directly linked to racism.

The racecar driver has been a strong proponent of racial equality and inclusion for the sport, including racing in a "Black Lives Matter" vehicle last week, and calling on NASCAR to ban the display of the Confederate battle flag at its events, which the organization agreed to doing earlier this month.

Wallace had successfully called for the ban of the Confederate flag and received threats. So when the Bubba team arrived at the track and ended up in the garage, the noose was still there.

Wallace vowed to use the incident for motivation.

Wallace had been assigned the garage number last week. Wallace, the only black member of team 43, stirred up controversy and negative reaction from numerous sport's fans earlier this month when he called for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from its properties earlier this month, which it did on June 10.

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Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Jay Town announces his office has launched an investigation along with the FBI and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. He wasn't even the person who found the noose in the Talladega garage stall.

NASCAR legend Richard Petty, the owner of Wallace's team, stood next to Wallace during the national anthem, and the infield grass on the front stretch was painted with words reading: #IStandWithBubba.

NASCAR alerted the FBI who carried out an investigation after a crew member discovered the noose at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon.

"It doesn't matter if we provide evidence, photos", the NASCAR driver said. Wallace is the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR. Richard Petty, owner of Wallace's iconic 43 auto, was in attendance, making his first appearance at a race since the COVID-19 pandemic. "This is a awful, bad act that has happened", he said.

The NASCAR community rallied to support Wallace earlier this week. "It's one of the most kind of indelible print on my mind until the day I die, seeing the support that Bubba had from not just the drivers but all the crews, all the officials who were down in pit road, anyone who was part of that footprint".

And let's not forget the larger context surrounding the noose discovery Sunday, less than two weeks after NASCAR finally banned the Confederate flag.

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