Sonoma Raceway Reports Finding Noose Same Weekend One Was Left in Bubba Wallace's NASCAR Stall



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The situation at Sonoma Raceway comes as an investigation into a noose that was left in the NASCAR garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the league's only full-time Black driver. The discovery happened at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

"We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act," said NASCAR in a statement. "We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport."

Wallace issued a statement about the "despicable act of racism and hatred," writing that the incident "leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism."

Wallace concluded his message by stating that "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 made headlines earlier this month when he competed in a race car decked out in Black Lives Matter logos. The driver also commended NASCAR for banning Confederate flags from events.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey spoke out about the "display of hatred" on Monday, saying she's "shocked and appalled."

"Racism and threats of this nature will not be condoned nor tolerated, and I commit to assisting in any way possible to ensure that the person responsible for this is caught and punished," said Ivey.

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

  • Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
  • ColorofChange.org works to make the government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help Black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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