By Earl Health, Contributing Sports Writer
Bubba Wallace saw someone kneeling during the Anthem before last weeks NASCAR Race in Atlanta.
“It was such a powerful moment. It’s nothing against the flag,” Wallace told CNN. “I was blown away by what I saw.” As he scanned the track after the anthem several drivers where holding up “I CAN’T BREATH” T-shirts. They were recognizing the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmad Arbery. Wallace is NASCAR’s only African American Driver at the sports highest Level.
After seeing many drivers united over the recent death he wants the moment to go forward with another phase.
“My next step would be get rid of all the Confederate flags. There should be no individual uncomfortable showing up at our events to have a good time with their family that feels some type of way about something they have seen, an object they’ve seen flying. No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR Race. They have no place for them.”
Wallace feels the voices of the drivers carry much more weight than the average citizen. He believes they should step up for everybody and say what they feel.
Before the race a group of retired and current drivers put together a video to send a message to educate and push for change while the unrest is going on in the country.
Driver Chase Elliott sent a tweet out a video that said, “I will listen and learn.”
An entire group of drivers sent out a video that stated: “The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others in the black community are heartbreaking and can no longer be ignored,” the drivers said. “The process begins with us listening and learning. Because understanding the problem is the first step in facing it. We are committed to listening with empathy and with an open heart to better educate ourselves.”