Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, June 24, 2020
NASCAR recently banned Confederate flags at its events. One reason it did this was because the league’s only black full-time driver, Bubba Wallace, said there was “no place for them.” Not long after this decision, there was a report that somebody put a “noose” in Bubba Wallace’s garage. The league responded with a massive show of support for Mr. Wallace.
We are one family.
One NASCAR. pic.twitter.com/Y1IRI5qpRe
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 22, 2020
NASCAR President Steve Phelps said the culprit(s) would be “banned for life.” “I don’t care who they are, they will not be here,” he said. The FBI also went right to work.
Steve Phelps said The director of the FBI has told the Birmingham office to use every resource available to find out who was involved with the noose in the 43 garage.
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) June 22, 2020
Like so many others, I suspected this was fake. Hate hoaxes are common, and sometimes, people who seem to be looking for things to protest misinterpret innocent objects. In one egregious case, a “noose” at Michigan State University turned out to be a shoelace. Just a few days ago, “nooses” found in a Oakland park were exercise ropes put up by a black man.
Still, you never know. I didn’t say anything. American Renaissance didn’t say anything. We waited for the investigation. Ben Shapiro, Nikki Haley, and Steve Phelps did not.
Despicable on every level, obviously. NASCAR must have cameras. Find the culprit and punish them. https://t.co/1DG9zOKbMN
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 22, 2020
We should all stand with @BubbaWallace today against the cowards who secretly put the noose in his garage stall. Watch your back cowards. Bubba has a bigger army than you do. #HateWontWin #WeStandWithBubba
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) June 22, 2020
Steve Phelps said in regards to any consideration or speculation that the noose was a staged event, that “that offends me.”
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) June 22, 2020
Mr. Wallace said it was offensive that anyone would doubt the story.
.@BubbaWallace on those who believe the noose incident was staged: “It’s simple-minded people like that, the ones that are afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for… instead of trying to listen and understand what’s going on.” pic.twitter.com/FikMntalwO
— The View (@TheView) June 23, 2020
While radical groups destroy American icons, attack police, and build quasi-independent territories within American cities, the FBI sent 15 agents to investigate the “noose.” Now, we have the report. The FBI found that the “noose” was in the garage in October 2019. Mr. Wallace wasn’t assigned the garage until last week. As the FBI noted, “nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.” There will be no charges.
The FBI’s statement said nothing about what the “noose” was for, nor did it include a picture. Mr. Wallace’s mother had said that though the garage had surveillance cameras, they did not show where the noose was hung. However, NASCAR tweeted that the “noose” was just a garage-door pull rope, exactly what many had been saying on Twitter. “We appreciate the FBI’s quick and through investigation and are thankful to learn this was not an intentional, racist act against Bubba,” NASCAR added. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who love racing.”
NASCAR claims that it checked every garage stall and “only one had a noose as part of the pull down.” Steve Phelps says that NASCAR is reportedly investigating why there was a “noose” at all.
“We are continuing our investigation as to why there was a rope fashioned into a noose,” Steve Phelps, NASCAR President
— Liz Habib (@LizHabib) June 23, 2020
Of course, it wasn’t a noose. A hangman’s noose is a fancy slip knot that very few people know how to tie. And the loop is big enough to slip over your head. This was just a rope with a loop at the end, just big enough to put your hand through so you could pull on the rope. Who tied a loop is hardly worth investigating, but two FBI agents (or one guy at 4chan) could probably figure it out with no trouble. Let us not forget that Mr. Phelps said that no matter who was responsible, he would be banned from NASCAR for life.
“I’ve been racing all of my life, we’ve raced out of hundreds of garages that never had garage pulls like that. … It’s a straight up noose.”
Bubba Wallace to Don Lemon. pic.twitter.com/HnJYpbPrlZ
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) June 24, 2020
Maybe he saw a picture of the “noose.”
It is easy to criticize the person who first reported the rope; it was pretty clearly a pull-down cord. But the real fool is NASCAR’s boss, Steve Phelps. He should apologize to his fans, to the FBI, and to the country for jumping to a stupid, anti-white conclusion. I think he should write a check to a white-advocacy organization for generally insulting whites, and pledge that he will try not to swallow the next hoax. American Renaissance would be a good choice.