Bubba Wallace on the ‘never-ending battle’ for social justice

Bubba Wallace is sick of tweeting the names of victims of police shootings. 

Wallace, the only Black driver racing full-time in NASCAR, has tweeted out the names of both Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo this week. Wright, 20, was shot and killed by a Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer over the weekend. Toledo, 13, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer on March 29. Video of Toledo’s shooting became public on Thursday.

Wallace tweeted out Wright’s name while promoting a NASCAR-produced video about the series’ efforts to promote a more inclusive environment. NASCAR held a moment of silence ahead of its race at Atlanta in May of 2020 and recognized that it needed to do better with its inclusivity and diversity efforts in the wake of George Floyd’s death after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck. 

Two weeks after that Atlanta race, NASCAR officially banned the Confederate flag from its tracks. 

“It seems like every day now is a different hashtag,” Wallace said. “Just sad. I’m proud of the efforts from NASCAR continuing to try to show that we are as inclusive as any other sport and we want everyone to come out.”

Wallace was empowered to speak out after the events of the spring of 2020 and has used his platform as the only Black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series to push for social and racial justice. Those efforts also raised Wallace’s visibility; he now drives for 23XI Racing, a new team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

Friday, Wallace said that the push for social and racial justice felt interminable. 

“It’s a never-ending battle,” Wallace said. “And as we see each and every day and we’ll try to do our part and hopefully society will one day wake up and treat each other with respect.”

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