Worldwide protests for racial equality have swept the planet at a fever pitch never seen before. People of all races, creeds, and religions have banded together to denounce racism, particularly against black people. Bubba Wallace is NASCAR’s only black driver. Wallace spearheaded a crusade to ban the confederate flag from all NASCAR events, as the flag is viewed by many as a symbol of slavery. Wallace’s crusade has been successful, as NASCAR has agreed to ban all confederate flags inside their racing venues.
At Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama on Sunday, Wallace found a noose hanging on his garage stall. Nooses are a painful reminder of black people being lynched by hanging for the unforgivable crime of being born the wrong skin color. The noose in Wallace’s garage stall in the year 2020 reminds us that America has a long way to go if she wants to divulge herself from her racist past. And this is a good thing.
Make no mistake. This writing does not condone the practice of hanging nooses, as it is a reprehensible practice. NASCAR plans to launch an investigation to find the culprit. The noose hanging, along with the recent racial inequality protests, has ignited good and ugly in many of us. Hanging a noose should be considered a hate crime punishable by a lengthy prison sentence. When NASCAR finds the Wallace noose hanging culprit, that person should be tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison.
Does that sound harsh? As reprehensible as noose hanging is, bringing it back to life has exposed people for the reprobates they are. They deserve the shame they receive for what they’ve done. They deserve to be fired from their positions, or have their businesses suffer financial ruin. Ultimately, they deserve to be tried, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison for their hate crimes. Make a long standing example of them and to those of their ilk that wish to hang nooses that they will pay a heavy price.
As for Wallace, he maintains that the incident will not break him. He will continue to drive for NASCAR and carve a niche for himself in a sport that has not always seemed to welcome black drivers. Wallace’s resolve can serve as an inspiration to black children who aspire to follow in his footsteps, turning the noose incident into a moment of triumph instead of ultimate despair.