Monday Federal authorities have confirmed they are investigating the discovery of a noose found in the stall of Bubba Wallace's garage at the Talladega Superspeedway.
Bubba the only Black full-time driver for NASCAR also pushed for the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at all of there tracks earlier this month.
The U.S. Attorney Jay Town said his office, the FBI and the justice department's Civil Rights Division were reviewing the situation.
Bubba has not commented on the situation since his post on social media late Sunday saying “the 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.”
According to CNBC
Federal authorities on Monday confirmed they are investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only Black full-time driver who successfully pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues earlier this month.
U.S. Attorney Jay Town said his office, the FBI and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division were reviewing the situation.
“Regardless of whether federal charges can be brought, this type of action has no place in our society,” Town said.
The stock car series, founded in the South more than 70 years ago, has tried to distance itself from the flag for years at the risk of alienating a core group of its fan base. At Wallace’s urging, it went ahead with the ban as the nation grapples with social unrest largely tied to George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police.
NASCAR has not outlined how it will enforce the restriction and this week’s race at Talladega, in the heart of the South, presented the series with its biggest test in the early going. Disgruntled fans with Confederate flags drove past the main entrance to the Alabama race track prior to Sunday’s race, while a plane flew above the track pulling a banner of the flag that read “Defund NASCAR.”