Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Girlfriend of Bubba Wallace Speaks Out About NASCAR ‘Noose’ Controversy

Bubba Wallace and his girlfriend
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*The FBI is not filing any federal charges after completing its investigation into a noose found inside the garage of NASCAR’s only full-time Black driver, Bubba Wallace. 

According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, the noose had been in the garage at Talladega Superspeedway since last fall, per USA Today

Wallace “was not the target of a hate crime,” NASCAR said in a statement.

“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,” Town and Sharp’s statement said.

“There is no place in our sport for this type of racism and hatred,” said  NASCAR President Steve Phelps in a press call with media on Tuesday. “It’s not who we are as a sport.”

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On Monday, Wallace’s girlfriend, Amanda Carter, took to Instagram and shared her thoughts on the noose controversy.

She wrote: 

There is so much I want to say and so much I don’t know how to say or have the words. Below are just a few thoughts. THERE IS SO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE,” she wrote. 

  1. The fact that people think it’s okay to commit a hate crime is not a surprise but a disappointment, especially this close to home. What happened this week at talladega is NOT OKAY! No one, deserves to receive this kind of hate
    2. We must lift each other up, support and protect our friends, family, loved ones
    3. We must continue the conversation, no one is exempt from taking a look at themselves, the fact I date a black man does not exempt me. We all have prejudice and need to take action to change that and prevent it from becoming racism.
    4. Don’t rely on the black community to answer all your questions, there are tons of resources available to open your perspective (movies, books, shows podcasts)
    5. Thank you to those who have been working toward a better future whether that is in private or public, these waves will bring change
    Additionally thank you to all of my friends, family and of course, Darrell’s fans who have reached out with support I share your messages with him and he appreciates it too.
    #blacklivesmatter

Check out her full IG post below.

Meanwhile, the reported 15 agents the FBI sent to the track to investigate the noose claim determined that no federal crime was committed.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

There is so much I want to say and so much I don’t know how to say or have the words. Below are just a few thoughts. THERE IS SO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE. 1. The fact that people think it’s okay to commit a hate crime is not a surprise but a disappointment, especially this close to home. What happened this week at talladega is NOT OKAY! No one, deserves to receive this kind of hate 2. We must lift each other up, support and protect our friends, family, loved ones 3. We must continue the conversation, no one is exempt from taking a look at themselves, the fact I date a black man does not exempt me. We all have prejudice and need to take action to change that and prevent it from becoming racism. 4. Don’t rely on the black community to answer all your questions, there are tons of resources available to open your perspective (movies, books, shows podcasts) 5. Thank you to those who have been working toward a better future whether that is in private or public, these waves will bring change Additionally thank you to all of my friends, family and of course Darrell’s fans who have reached out with support I share your messages with him and he appreciates it too. #blacklivesmatter

A post shared by Amanda Carter (@amandacarter17) on

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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