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SPLC Statement on Noose Found in Bubba Wallace’s Garage at Talladega Superspeedway

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Lecia Brooks issued the following statement after a noose was found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. 
 
“It is extremely troubling, yet sadly expected, that someone would hang a noose — the ultimate symbol of white supremacist violence used to murder Black people — in the stall of the only Black driver on the NASCAR circuit. This act of retaliation to NASCAR’s recent announcement to ban Confederate flags at its speedways will not deter the movement to reject and remove symbols intended to intimidate Black people and reassert white supremacy.
 
“We hope that NASCAR will continue to cooperate and exhibit transparency with respect to the investigations the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation have launched to determine and hold responsible those who committed this heinous act of racism.”