More than two weeks after a noose was found hanging in a garage stall used by Bubba Wallace, President Trump referred to the incident as a “HOAX” and called for NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver to apologize to the rest of the organization.
Wallace responded to the president’s tweet Monday with one of his own. It did not contain an apology. Rather it was a message “to the next generation and little ones following my foot steps.”
“Always deal with the hate being thrown at you with LOVE,” Wallace wrote. “Love over hate every day. Love should come naturally as people are TAUGHT to hate.
“Even when it’s hate from the POTUS.
Last month, Wallace successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban Confederate flags at its events. Prior to the scheduled Cup Series race June 21 at Talladega, however, people in vehicles lined the road outside the speedway displaying the Confederate flag, and a plane flew over the track pulling a Confederate flag and a banner with the message, “Defund NASCAR.”
That was the atmosphere when one of Wallace’s team members discovered a garage door pull rope fashioned into a noose. NASCAR put out a statement the same day, saying it was working to “identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport.”
Before the next day’s race, a large group of NASCAR drivers and crew members walked with Wallace in his No. 43 car in a show of solidarity.
The FBI announced June 23 it had determined a hate crime had not…