The number of hate crimes that are being reported on the news these days is a bit disconcerting. While we do not deny the existence of hateful racists in the world, there are some stories that elicit a roll of the eyes at best. It takes us back to the moment in time when Jussie Smollett was all over the news. His story never made much sense to us from the very beginning.
If you let the liberals tell it, that meant you were a racist and a homophobic monster. This week has been a bad one for those who believe everything that they hear on television, too. Supposedly, nooses were being found all over the country. First, there was a story that came out of Oakland before being debunked.
“On Monday, fifteen FBI special agents conducted numerous interviews regarding the situation at Talladega Superspeedway. After a thorough review of the facts and evidence surrounding this event, we have concluded that no federal crime was committed.
The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019. Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.
Now that NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from their racetracks, the eyes of the sporting world are upon them. People want to see if there is any sort of retaliation in store for the racers who are happy about this change. Bubba Wallace is the lone black NASCAR drive and he is now claiming that he found a noose in his garage.
While this story already seems to have proven wrong, it does not seem like Wallace was trying to drum up publicity for himself. The item in question did look an awful lot like a noose and he is not trying to lie for personal gain. Any of the folks who are looking to compare this question to the aforementioned Smollett nonsense should think twice.
Apologies for not knowing who originally created this image, but it has been making the rounds on Twitter and turned out to be correct. You can see in the left photo the rope was in noose form — apparently as a handle — last year and then cut for evidence Sunday. pic.twitter.com/MIrtF3uqtN
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) June 23, 2020
America is fraught with tension right now. It’s easy to see how someone like Wallace could be on edge. After all, he is already grappling with the implications of participating in a sport that is commonly associated with white America. Wallace was also one of the primary parties who was responsible for having the Confederate flag removed from NASCAR events.
The sport was more than happy to soak up all of the press that they received because of the incident. NASCAR does not tend to receive the same sort of media coverage as the major four sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL). Wallace immediately assumed the worst but anyone who cannot understand why he is on edge is being purposely obtuse. This was not a scheme of any kind.
Honest mistakes happen and it’s on both sides to be as understanding as possible. NASCAR’s evidence seems pretty sound, too. They have produced video that shows the “noose” in the garage in question back in October 2019. It’s merely a coincidence that Wallace happened to be assigned to this garage this week. No federal crime was committed, according to the company’s research.
NASCAR covered their backsides by taking the ‘incident’ as seriously as possible when it first took place. Yashar Ali (and others) questioned their willingness to call the act ‘heinous’ before the investigation was completed. But what happens if they are not ready to take this seriously and Wallace’s accusations were proven to be correct? They would have been made to look like foolish racists.
That’s why we understand the way that they chose to handle things. Maybe the NASCAR folks knew what was going on already and did not want to be the ones to break it to him? That would also make sense. It’s much easier to have the FBI come in and investigate the matter. Wallace is more likely to listen to their findings anyway.
Wallace had nothing to gain from making the accusation so it is probably best to let him deal with the humiliation on his own. Luckily, NASCAR was able to avoid a major fiasco by taking the time to properly look into the matter. They did not make any assumptions or jump to conclusions. They supported their driver and waited for the Feds to offer up the necessary information. That’s all any company can do at the moment.