Bubba Wallace has taken the lead with Black Lives Matter support in NASCAR with other racers and legends getting behind the movement. Wallace is taking a step further and plans to have the phrase “Black Lives Matter” painted onto his racecar for Wednesday’s race in Martinsville.
The new car detail comes after Wallace voiced support for the BLM movement on Sunday wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt to the NASCAR Cup Series in Atlanta in honor of George Floyd.
Wallace is one of the most notable full-time African-American NASCAR drivers and recently spoke out against fans who wave the confederate flag at NASCAR races. He sat down for an interview on CNN to discuss the issue and how NASCAR needs to step up going forward.
“My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags. there should be no individual that feels uncomfortable showing up to our events to have a good time with their family that feels some type of way about an object they see flying.” Wallace told CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday. “I wasn’t bothered by it but I don’t speak for everybody else… there’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly but its time for change.”
Wallace gives credit to NASCAR saying they have “stepped up to the plate big time” but still have more work to do.