Bubba Wallace Wants His Victim Status
Bubba Wallace Wants His Victim Status
When the news broke that a noose was found in the garage of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, I was surprised. Surely no one would be THAT stupid, with cameras everywhere, to do something like that. (I also routinely remind myself to never underestimate the power of stupidity.)
NASCAR promised an investigation, drivers walked in solidarity with Bubba Wallace before the race at Talladega on Monday before the race, there was universal condemnation of the noose.
And then the news broke that the FBI had determined that it wasn’t a noose at all. It was a garage door pull, tied into a loop, that had been there at least since the previous fall, if not earlier. NASCAR’s response was appropriate, even if they should have sounded a little more sheepish.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 23, 2020
How hard would it have been to say “we overreacted, our bad”? But even NASCAR was able to say that they were grateful that there was no ill intent involved.
Bubba Wallace, on the other hand, is not so inclined. Why does he sound so aggravated that this was not a noose?
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says he’s “pissed” members of the public are now questioning his integrity after the FBI said a noose found in his garage stall this week was there before his team moved in.”
“I’m mad because people are trying to test my character and the person that I am and my integrity,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon Tuesday night.”
Talking to Lemon, Wallace said the image he saw of “what was hanging in my garage is not a garage pull.”
“It was a noose,” Wallace said. “Whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose. So, it wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose. That’s what I’m saying.”
On Tuesday night, he said he continued to stand by what he said.”
“This will not break me, none of the allegations of being a hoax will break me or tear me down,” he said.”
“It will piss me off, absolutely. But that only fuels the competitive drive in me to shut everybody up,” he added.”
But don’t worry, Bubba Wallace now has Jemele Hill and Al Sharpton insisting that it WAS a noose, so why did NASCAR even bother with an FBI investigation, honestly? All they needed to do was call legendary investigator Al Sharpton – the Hercule Poirot of racial crimes, really – to tell them if it was a hate crime or not.
Sharpton not ready to give up on the NASCAR “noose” story: "It’s clear what a noose represents … And then did someone know that it was in the stall when they did belatedly assign Bubba there? … I do not think that we’ve seen closure in this particular inquiry." pic.twitter.com/xzq5hQIWC5
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 24, 2020
This all begs the question of WHY Bubba Wallace and his supporters were so invested in this “noose” being a hate crime – and why they are doubling down on it now, when there is clear evidence that it was not. Was it because it fit the narrative of NASCAR being a “racist” organization? Was it because Bubba Wallace was enjoying his “newfound respect” and celebrity status for being the only black driver in NASCAR at the moment? Was it because Bubba Wallace wanted to draw attention to his stand on Black Lives Matter and push his social advocacy on the race track?
It looks like the answer to all the above questions is “yes.” And without anything to struggle against, Bubba Wallace would have to focus on winning races, instead of winning in the court of public opinion. This “noose” incident – which he reportedly he never saw; his team reported it – was a low-risk (no physical pain or financial sacrifice involved) way to push his own victimhood. No wonder he doesn’t want to let it go.
I was of the belief that Bubba Wallace was an innocent party in all of this & he was just stating what was reported to him before the FBI conducted an investigation. Now, by doubling down, he’s lost all credibility & is a willing participant in gaslighting all of us. For shame. https://t.co/kfvAzFBUk1
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) June 24, 2020
If we’re at the point where the “victims” are disappointed and angry that there WAS no “hate crime” to strive against in order to prove their social and racial justice bona fides against, then we are so terribly screwed as a country. You can make amends to someone who has been wronged. You can never make amends to the person who wishes to be wronged.
UPDATE 2:45 PM EDT:
Well, it looks like NASCAR top brass told Bubba Wallace that his comments weren’t playing well at all. A new statement has been released on his Twitter feed.
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) June 24, 2020
You make the call whether this is enough damage control.
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