As the world unites for racial justice and collectively expresses its discontent following the racist murder of 46-year-old George Floyd, Bubba Wallace takes a stand on the track. Wallace is one of the very few Black faces among top NASCAR drivers currently and he is proudly representing Black Lives Matter.
According to Ranker, there are about 15 notable African Americans known to the sport. The 26-year-old Alabama native says, “My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags…No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them.” to CNN.
Before his last race in Atlanta, he can be spotted wearing a shirt reading “I Can’t Breathe BLACK LIVES MATTER.” He also shared this video in solidarity from his Twitter page:
Wallace says, “There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly, but it’s time for change,” he said. “We have to change that, and I encourage NASCAR — we will have those conversations to remove those flags.” He continued, “We should not be able to have an argument over that. It is a thick line we cannot cross anymore.”
Take a look at his car for his next race at Martinsville Speedway:
The hood of the car reads three words that America desperately needs to get across the finish line, “Compassion. Love. Understanding.”