Bubba Wallace Will Drive A #BlackLivesMatter Car At Martinsville
For tonight’s race at Martinsville Speedway, Richard Petty Motorsports will be fielding a #BlackLivesMatter wrapped car for Bubba Wallace.
Currently, Wallace is the only African-American competing in the NASCAR Cup Series and has become a key figure in NASCAR’s response to the recent social issues.
Alabama-born Wallace wore an “I Can’t Breathe/Black Lives Matter” T-shirt in Atlanta over the weekend and has since called for NASCAR to ban the display of Confederate flags at its events.
“I think it’s going to speak volumes to, you know, what I stand for, but also what the initiative that NASCAR, the whole sport is trying to push,” Wallace posted to the team’s Twitter account.
“It’s not that we’re saying no other lives matter. What we’re trying to say is black lives matter, too. If we put T-O-O on the end I think a lot more people would understand it.”
The design on the car includes black and white hands intertwined on the hood over the words “Compassion, Love, Understanding” and peace signs in reference to the ones Richard Petty added to his cars in the ’70s in support of ending the Vietnam war.