NASCAR's Bubba Wallace 'Proudly' Supports Athletes Protesting Racial Inequality

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 28, 2020

Bubba Wallace stands for the national anthem before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Bubba Wallace tweeted that he "proudly" backs professional athletes who have recently taken a pause from playing to protest systemic racism and police brutality days after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot seven times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  

Bubba Wallace @BubbaWallace

We will continue to stand for the countless victims of police brutality. Nothing can justify #JacobBlake being shot 7 times in the back. I proudly support my brothers and sisters from all sports backgrounds and the stance they are taking to fight for equality.

Bubba Wallace @BubbaWallace

I can assure all of you that myself and many of my competitors are continuing to work hard with @NASCAR to continue the efforts and the fight for racial equality. Let’s stand or kneel TOGETHER and continue push for what’s right. Love. Compassion. Understanding #BW🤘🏾

Wallace is the only Black full-time driver in NASCAR's Cup Series.

The 26-year-old from Concord, North Carolina, took center stage amid protests in June when he called for NASCAR to ban Confederate flag displays at its events. A ban was enacted two days later.

Wallace has continuously spoken out for social justice, holding discussions with NASCAR behind the scenes and driving his No. 43 car with a "Black Lives Matter" paint scheme at Martinsville on June 10:

Marty Smith @MartySmithESPN

.@BubbaWallace told me this morning that @NASCAR's driving corps is having productive, progressive conversations behind closed doors regarding social justice and racial equality. "We're starting to dive into the tough questions." https://t.co/gyYntejdxj

Richard Petty Motorsports @RPMotorsports

Tomorrow night at @MartinsvilleSwy, @BubbaWallace will run a special #BlackLivesMatter paint scheme promoting racial equality. #CompassionLoveUnderstanding Learn more: https://t.co/MHWwNzIzFJ

Eleven days later, a noose was found in Wallace's garage at Talladega Superspeedway for the Geico 500, with fears that Wallace may have been the target of a hate crime.

One day after the discovery, drivers pushed his No. 43 car up pit road before the Geico 500 with a host of other drivers, pit crew members and many more tailing behind.

The FBI later concluded that the noose was a pull that had been in the garage since October 2019, but the show of solidarity displayed the sport's unity behind Wallace in the face of systemic racism and social injustice.

NASCAR is headed to Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on Saturday.