Bubba Wallace’s claim that he was the victim of a hate crime was met with reasonable skepticism. America has been through too many instances where celebrities claimed to be the victims of racism, and propel themselves to untouchable “leader of the movement” status when it seems the most convenient for their careers, see Colin Kaepernick and Jussie Smollet for a good reference. Wallace is no different, and skepticism is warrented given that someone slipping a noose into a garage that houses millions of dollars worth of equipment, certainly has security, and is constantly manned by a crew seems fantastic enough.
Bubba Wallace received national attention last week when he demanded that NASCAR ban Confederate flags from their races, the mainstream media was finally running his name in headlines as the “only full-time black NASCAR driver”. If you were someone who wanted to get corporate sponsorship and national attention, becoming the symbol of change in a sport is a good way to go about it. Wallace’s victimhood could easily be used to bully corporations into sponsorship by asking them whether they’re “woke enough” to sponsor a black man in a racist sport like NASCAR.
It should also be noted that in the interview with Don Lemon, Wallace insists he has evidence of this supposed noose, the one that the FBI determined was not targeted at him, and found no evidence of a hate crime. I find it pretty hard to believe if you have all these critics saying that you’re perpitrating a hoax, and the FBI saying they found no evidence of a crime, a spot on a national television news program would probably be a good place to present your evidence and shame your critics. Wallace decided not to provide his evidence, he merely insisted that he had it, and that he was right, which insinuates that the FBI was wrong.