• Brian L. Barefield


On Sunday, most fathers were fake celebrating opening up another pack of t-shirts or putting on those new slippers he was given to replace the ones he received last year as a gift to replace the ones he received the year before that. If you haven’t gotten the message yet, most dads don’t get the good gifts like mom.

Yet, for one NASCAR driver, the day was filled with hatred and racism. Bubba Wallace, who is the only African American driver in NASCAR, confirmed to the media that a noose was found in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

"Today's despicable act of racism and hatred 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 said on his personal Twitter page .

"Over the last several weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the support from people across the NASCAR industry, including other drivers and team members in the garage. Together, our sport has made a commitment to driving real change and championing a community that is accepting and welcoming of everyone.”

NASCAR officials are taking swift actions on finding the perpetrator(s) who were able to get into the garage to commit such a horrendous act of racism.

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

The reporting of the noose finding came after a day filled with vehicles and individuals displaying their love for the Confederate flag, a symbol that along with the noose has been deemed racist by a large conglomerate of citizens in the United States. It has been banned by NASCAR officials inside of all its sponsored racetracks as of June 2020, but that didn’t keep fans of the flag from showing their disdain for the new rules set by NASCAR.

What is very saddening is the vitriol being spewed on social media that Wallace (who had no knowledge of the noose until his team told him about it) planted the noose for attention. Others have come out to post that they don’t see what the big deal is because it’s “Just a noose.”

Well to African Americans it is more than just a noose. It is a symbol of hatred used in the murders of over 3,400 black men and women from 1882-1968 and in most cases the punishment was from a crime they never committed and was falsely accused of. The noose was used as an entertainment tool for Anglo Americans who gathered in the middle of the city to watch, cheer, and take pictures as the lifeless bodies of black individuals dangled from trees or man-made apparatuses used to carry out the lynching’s.

Most black family members had to hide in the background and watch their loved ones leave this earth. They hid for fear that they may be next if caught in public by the angry mob.

According to , lynching’s which required the use of a noose, were performed out of fear of what freed slaves would do to white individuals, even though no data or evidence had been gathered to back such claims.

So, you see to an African American male who happens to be the only driver of color in a sport that has a rich tradition in racism. It’s more than just a noose. It is a constant reminder that no matter how great you annunciate your words or use proper grammar. No matter how cordial you are and fight for equality in this country that is constantly surrounded by turmoil and civil unrest. No matter how good you are at your craft. They don’t appreciate it.

In the immortal words of the great negro poet, Jay-Z from his song, “The Story of O.J.”

Light n***a, dark n***a, faux n***a, real n***a Rich n***a, poor n***a, house n***a, field n***a Still n***a, still n***a.

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