If I were Bubba Wallace, I’d be pissed too.
Let’s look at it from his point of view, shall we? NASCAR fans are typically the same people who are just fine with Confederate flags and monuments (not that there’s anything wrong with that). NASCAR’s pinned tweet since June 10 has been a statement that reads, the “presence of the confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry.”
We have a disconnect there, as most of NASCAR’s fans probably don’t like being told they can’t have their stars & bars flying from the back of their pickup trucks (not that there’s anything wrong with that). NASCAR, here, is virtue signaling to its advertisers (read: money), while ignoring fans, who they figure will pay no matter what.
And in any case, many races are being held with no fans at all, so this is a perfect time to ignore the fans, because out of sight, out of mind.
Bubba Wallace walks into his garage at Talladega, and sees a noose tied to the garage door pull lever. How is he supposed to interpret that? Well, we now know it was simply a coincidence. Someone tied a pull rope with a noose knot eight months ago.
But it was still a noose. The NASCAR fans and other conservative trolls attacking Wallace as if he were Jussie Smollett have this wrong. Wallace didn’t invent the noose being there, he misinterpreted it. But how else was he supposed to interpret it?
“Oh a noose. I guess people tie them on their garage door pulls all the time,” is not a logical reaction, because people don’t tie nooses on their garage door pulls all the time. Can’t we at least agree on that?
Bubba Wallace should be pissed, not because he was wrong, but because the people who would immediately defend an actual noose being intentionally placed in his garage (if that indeed was intentional) are the fans he is supposed to love. These same racing fans will throw Wallace under the bus as someone who made up the story when it turns out the noose had been there for eight months.
It shouldn’t matter. We should be able to be grown-ups and understand how Wallace saw it. His fellow racers acted that way. We can’t complain about liberal-leaning and biased news outlets if we defend every conservative troll and attack a man who really saw what he saw.
Put there by coincidence or not, a noose is a noose.