I’m not having much trouble understanding how nascar & others believed a garage door pull noose was a hate symbol noose after two weeks of watching some of their fans scream about how important hate symbols are to them
— kilgore trout, a ramp with no steps (@KT_So_It_Goes) June 23, 2020
A noose found in a garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway had been there months before the stall was assigned to Bubba Wallace, federal authorities say. No charges are planned in the incident that rocked NASCAR and its only full-time Black driver. https://t.co/weoknflOtQ
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 23, 2020
I swear I’m not going to spend this day explaining to people that a NASCAR official was the one who found the noose, reported it and then NASCAR released a public statement. It wasn’t the media or Bubba Wallace.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 24, 2020
There’s layers of nuance (as with everything involving humans & politics). From Ms. Hill’s paper, the Washington Post:
The tumultuous sequence of events that followed Sunday’s discovery of a rope tied into a noose and used as a garage door pull at Talladega Superspeedway appears to have resulted primarily from one assumption and one massive coincidence…
On Tuesday, 48 hours after the noose was discovered, the FBI announced that no hate crime had been committed because its investigation, which involved 15 agents, concluded that the rope, which the FBI referred to as “a noose” four times in its statement, had been in that particular garage stall since at least October 2019, when the Cup Series last raced at the 2.66-mile Alabama track.
For that reason, the FBI concluded it couldn’t have been a hate crime because no one could have known that Wallace’s No. 43 Chevrolet would have been assigned that stall. It was a coincidence, in other words, and enough to consider the case closed.
NASCAR officials, however, remain sufficiently troubled to continue their internal investigation into why the rope-pull in one of its garages was tied in a noose. Was it simply to lower the garage door via the only knot someone knew how to tie? Or was it to send a racist message that was easily deniable, given the noose’s role as a door pull?
The former is benign. The latter is cause for concern for NASCAR and for any company attempting to project the value of inclusion, even it doesn’t rise to the level of a hate crime…