Not a hate crime....

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the garage I got, has a handle on the cord.
You have a different kind of garage door. I have seen the type of doors they use at my brother's shop. It's rope pull to open the door. He hated that door when he first got it because it wasn't what he was used to.
 

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You have a different kind of garage door. I have seen the type of doors they use at my brother's shop. It's rope pull to open the door. He hated that door when he first got it because it wasn't what he was used to.
NASCAR should just sign a major sponsorship deal with Chamberlain and put electric openers on all of the garage doors, series wide. End of problem......
 

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Relatable quote from CS Lewis:

“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out. Is one's first feeling, 'Thank God, even they aren't quite so bad as that,' or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything -- God and our friends and ourselves included -- as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.”
 

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This is the point many of us on here are trying to make. Some continue to try to take apart the process Nascar used to ignore the elephant in the room. It is not going away. Nascar has stated diversity is going to happen, you can stay behind with your old ideas, or you can move forward, your choice.

For Black NASCAR Fans, Change Would Mean Feeling at Ease at a Race

 

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Bubba Wallace was informed by the president of NASCAR that someone intentionally left a noose in his car's garage stall. This is how it was characterized to him by NASCAR's chief executive.

He called NASCAR his family.




Why would any NASCAR fan interpret that the "despicable act of racism and hatred" was in reference to them?
They wouldn't. Consider who you are replying to.
 

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I don't get it.

A noose is a noose. I don't care if its non-functional, its the only of its kind in any NASCAR garage and the FBI said it was by definition a noose.

So, what exactly is there to argue about at this point? Now its all semantics at this point because the actual evidence of the photo and description from the FBI is available for everyone to look at. This is why I disagree with Chex because I've never EVER seen a noose as a garage pull-down. Heck you have professional drivers saying the same thing that they never seen anything like this before. What is the argument at this point? I'm seriously confused at this point.
 

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I don't get it.

A noose is a noose. I don't care if its non-functional, its the only of its kind in any NASCAR garage and the FBI said it was by definition a noose.

So, what exactly is there to argue about at this point? Now its all semantics at this point because the actual evidence of the photo and description from the FBI is available for everyone to look at. This is why I disagree with Chex because I've never EVER seen a noose as a garage pull-down. Heck you have professional drivers saying the same thing that they never seen anything like this before. What is the argument at this point? I'm seriously confused at this point.
Apparently the argument is that someone at some point in the past tied a noose with racist motivations, it’s not just a garage pull down.

Unless that person comes forward with that admission, jumping to that conclusion is just as sad as NASCAR jumping to theirs.

With all of the evidence that currently exists from NASCAR and the FBI, that knot was tied and it’s been used as a part of a garage pull down.

Why is there a demand for a hate crime where none exists?
 

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Apparently the argument is that someone at some point in the past tied a noose with racist motivations, it’s not just a garage pull down.

Unless that person comes forward with that admission, jumping to that conclusion is just as sad as NASCAR jumping to theirs.

With all of the evidence that currently exists from NASCAR and the FBI, that knot was tied and it’s been used as a part of a garage pull down.

Why is there a demand for a hate crime where none exists?
It's the culture we live in now, everything has to be about something.
 

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Apparently the argument is that someone at some point in the past tied a noose with racist motivations, it’s not just a garage pull down.

Unless that person comes forward with that admission, jumping to that conclusion is just as sad as NASCAR jumping to theirs.

With all of the evidence that currently exists from NASCAR and the FBI, that knot was tied and it’s been used as a part of a garage pull down.

Why is there a demand for a hate crime where none exists?
Similar to the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr did for driver safety, most of us understand we are seeing history being made (your not).
 

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Similar to the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr did for driver safety, most of us understand we are seeing history being made (your not).
So because I understand that the rope tied in a NASCAR garage stall was not the message of a hate crime, you’re telling me that I don’t understand an international march towards fair treatment and justice for all? Get outta here.
 

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This is the point many of us on here are trying to make. Some continue to try to take apart the process Nascar used to ignore the elephant in the room. It is not going away. Nascar has stated diversity is going to happen, you can stay behind with your old ideas, or you can move forward, your choice.

For Black NASCAR Fans, Change Would Mean Feeling at Ease at a Race

The way you respond to me and others you disagree with should be considered hate crime.
 

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You people take things out of context and build a narrative around it. It's ok for you to do it but anyone that disagrees or questions it gets shouted down. You cant argue on facts.

Bubba picked a scab with that tweet today on the Confederate flag. What purpose does that serve? That battle has already been fought and won.
Sorry I would reply and say what I wanna say but all this keeps getting moved.

So no point. See ya downstairs
 

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Look I made my point here. I got shouted down and called a klansman. You go have a conversation with your friends. I've already said what I wanted to say.
 

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Look I made my point here. I got shouted down and called a klansman. You go have a conversation with your friends. I've already said what I wanted to say.
I don’t agree with the klan part but man, come on downstairs and let’s actually talk about it. Since we aren’t allowed to here.
 

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The way you respond to me and others you disagree with should be considered hate crime.
Playing the victim again.

Yesterday you were upset because diversity programs disadvantage white guys. Passive-aggressive trolling becomes you.
 

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There's no point to arguing with ignorant people. It's tiresome. I wish I hadn't seen that Bubba tweet posted here.
 

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No Bubba likes to play the victim and many of us are getting a bit sick of it.
some us think that Wallace is poking the nose of some that think every thing is great as it is. Because he is pointing out some double standards that exist in out society. I believe you said he is using his blackness..You were right on that one.
 

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I ask seriously because the message being put forward is that "we need to listen"
 

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I saw that and there's no way I'm signing up to the nytimes
Demitrius Pickens was wearing his Jeff Gordon T-shirt and sipping a can of beer. It was warm out. He was feeling good.
This was in 2015, when Pickens and his friends took a road trip from Durham, N.C., to Alabama see their first NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway, one of the most spectacular tracks in the country.
They were walking near the venue, buzzing about the event, when something stopped them short: a large, inflatable monkey next to another attendee’s camper van and a hand-drawn sign that read, “Monkeys Lives Matter.” This was the year after protesters in Ferguson, Mo., decried the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. The Black Lives Matter movement was gaining prominence around the country.
As a black man, Pickens was not naïve about his surroundings. To an extent, he was ready for this. And still it felt like a punch in the stomach.

“It was like an empty gut feeling, one of those moments where anger immediately rushed over my body,” said Pickens, who wanted to pop the balloon but thought better of it after considering how “outnumbered” he felt and what might happen next. “I knew where I was. But you still never want to be blatantly smacked in the face with overt racism.”
Pickens, now 26, clamped his emotions. He took a picture next to the monkey, middle finger up, and moved along. He still looks back on the weekend warmly.

NASCAR this month was thrust into the national spotlight after its lone black driver on its top circuit, Darrell Wallace Jr., began speaking out about the racism he perceived in racing. Directly responding to a request by Wallace, who is nicknamed Bubba, NASCAR banned the Confederate battle flag from its venues and promised to do more to battle injustice. The moves were widely praised and seen as a potential olive branch to welcome potential new minority fans.
But the ensuing conversation in many ways has overlooked the experiences of black fans who are already committed to the sport. They are relatively few — joked about sometimes as veritable unicorns — but they are indeed there, often executing delicate balancing acts to function in environments that until now have done little to embrace or accommodate them.
Being a black fan of NASCAR, they say, means having fun while never feeling 100 percent at ease. It means jokes from friends and family members. It means watching the sport religiously on TV but having reservations about seeing a race in person. It means keeping your head on a swivel at the racetrack and, at the same time, diverting your eyes from various discomfiting sights, like fans flying the Confederate battle flag.

This month, for some, the fanhood means something new: a cautious sense of pride.
Jason Boykin, who started a Facebook group a few years ago for black NASCAR fans (“Yes we exist,” its description reads), said he felt his emotions swell when he saw Wallace wearing an “I can’t breathe” shirt at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 7. The phrase, the dying words of Eric Garner in 2014 and of George Floyd last month in Minneapolis, became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.




Wallace wore a Black Lives Matter shirt before a race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.Credit...Steve Helber/USA Today Sports, via Reuters
“I was like, ‘Wow, we’re actually doing this!” said Boykin, 45, of Orange, Calif., who attends races around the country each year with his wife, Rochelle, noticing but trying to ignore the Confederate imagery everywhere. “I was excited. I was proud. And NASCAR took it seriously.”
Fans like Boykin now want to see what comes next. They hope what has happened over the last few weeks represents a real turning point in racing.
Many of them are long accustomed to feeling like outliers among their friends, forced to reconcile their love of the high-speed action and charismatic drivers with the stigma and stereotypes that the sport is only for white people.
“What if I rock a Tony Stewart hat?” said Ricky Smith, a television writer from Cleveland. “Am I not a good black person? Am I a bad example? Am I that black guy at a Trump rally?”
Smith, 39, said he spent the past 15 years “embarrassed” to be a NASCAR fan. But he said Wallace’s new outspokenness, and NASCAR’s surprising response, has quelled some of those old insecurities.

In a similar vein, Noah Cornelius, 20, a college student from Charlotte, N.C., called NASCAR a “guilty pleasure,” a pastime with which he had developed a “love-hate relationship.”
The love came first at his predominantly white elementary school, where NASCAR was a popular topic of conversation in the lunchroom. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson became his favorite drivers. But at his high school, where the student body was more diverse, he began to understand why his fellow black classmates viewed the sport so differently.
“I’d still watch the races,” said Cornelius, who is studying music, “but I wasn’t vocal about it anymore because I was just afraid of the stigma.”
Noting that NASCAR was struggling with a diminishing audience and sponsorships, Cornelius said he hoped the organization’s actions this month symbolized a deeper change that might revive the sport.
Leila Brown, 29, has gotten used to being the only black NASCAR fan she knows in Montclair, N.J. That has not stopped her from dragging friends and family members to races in nearby states, touting them as “like Coachella, minus music, plus cars,” with mixed success.




Leila Brown at Pocono Raceway in 2019.
Even while proselytizing the joys of the sport, she acknowledged a moment of unease. She recalled a recent experience at Pocono Raceway in eastern Pennsylvania, when a white man called out to her group of friends as they walked by: “I thought we had a whitewash rule around here,” his tone unfriendly, motivating them to hurry away.

At another race, she said, Brown and her friends camped next to a group with a Confederate flag. Brown tried to wave hello, but the people never acknowledged her presence and avoided eye contact all weekend.
It reiterated what she always felt the Confederate flag communicated to black fans at races: You are not welcome here.

“I can honestly say the majority of my experiences with race fans have been positive,” Brown said. “But you always have that guard up.”
That explains why Susan Reynolds, a die-hard fan from Baltimore, was moved to tears when she heard the organization was banning the Confederate battle flag.
Reynolds, 40, has worn a Tony Stewart bracelet almost continually since 2002. The only time she took it off for any significant amount of time was at her wedding in 2007 — and even then she had it pinned to the inside of her dress.




Susan Reynolds is a fan of the driver Tony Stewart, and has worn a bracelet of his since 2002.
Reynolds has gotten used to feeling somewhat alone in the sport. “I’m a black chick,” she said. “Everybody’s like, ‘You like NASCAR? That’s weird.’”

The first race Reynolds attended, she played a little game with herself, trying to spot any fellow black fans. She could tally the number on one hand. “There were black people there,” she said. “They were working.”
So this month she felt relieved to think that perhaps one day she might not feel any cognitive dissonance while enjoying a race weekend.
“I’ve put my head down and ignored or turned a blind eye to a lot of things, but this is one of those things that simply represents the oppression of black people,” Reynolds said about the Confederate flag. “We have a flag. It’s the United States flag. I’m cool with that one.”
NASCAR’s change of tune on the flag has not been well received by a segment of its fans.
Darian Gilliam, 22, a fan with an up-and-coming YouTube channel called “Black Flags Matter,” learned this firsthand. After speaking in support of Wallace, he woke up on Monday to a threatening email — “I think it’s time you’ve got a taste of your own medicine,” it read — that included his home address. Unnerved, he alerted local authorities.
“I was like, ‘Since when is canceling racism a bad thing?’” Gilliam said. “This guy was upset because I was speaking up.” He added: “I’m not going anywhere.”
NASCAR’s longtime black fans have not been surprised by the backlash to its new initiatives. Or by the unfounded skepticism of Wallace after his team reported seeing a rope in their garage at Talladega that was tied into the shape of a noose.
Federal authorities determined it had been there since at least October, months before Wallace was assigned the stall for the race this week. NASCAR on Thursday released a photo of the noose following criticism that racing officials had overreacted. The organization’s president, Steve Phelps, said sensitivity training would be required for NASCAR employees to prevent any similar episodes in the future.

“It just shows you how many people out there are so closed-minded and don’t want to see change because it doesn’t benefit them or makes them uncomfortable or reveals their flaws,” said Jae Bradley, 22, a college student and racing fan from West Monroe, La., who follows Chase Elliott. “NASCAR’s trying to go in one direction and a large portion of the fan base doesn’t want to do in that direction. But most of us know it’s for the betterment of the sport.”
It remains to be seen how far NASCAR travels along this path.
Derrick Crutcher, 45, of Athens, Ala., has enjoyed racing for decades (“I’d watch guys race lawn mowers, man”). But even though he lives just two hours by car from Talladega Superspeedway, he has never attended a race there.
“I’d love to go,” Crutcher said, “but I’m not going down there until I feel safe.”
Brown and Reynolds both said they would not feel comfortable going to Talladega, either.
This was NASCAR’s predicament personified: longtime, loyal fans who refused to visit one of the sport’s premier venues because they could not imagine feeling welcomed there.
But could NASCAR’s steps this month signal a cultural transformation that might alter Crutcher’s stance? He paused to consider the thought.
“It could happen,” he said, finally. “It could. Someday, if we get the feeling the wind is blowing in the right direction, we’ll try. Who knows?”
Azi Paybarah contributed reporting.
Talladega Noose Incident Puts Spotlight on NASCAR’s Troubles With Racism
June 24, 2020

 
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