As more people add their voices to support the Black Lives Matter movement and the country progresses in small steps in the fight for racial equality, the president does not seem to be handling it well. Ranting like an ancient relic on Twitter, he continues to campaign for the White House by speaking to a racist base who want their Confederate statues preserved and the loss of black lives at the hands of police to be ignored.
We weren’t going to announce this until later this week, but hate cannot win the day. No one should ever be asked to apologize for standing up for what’s right — we are proud to welcome @bubbawallace to the Beats by Dr. Dre family. pic.twitter.com/HeiC76MDle
— Beats by Dre (@beatsbydre) July 6, 2020
In a Twitter outburst on Monday, Trump attacked NASCAR’s only black driver, Bubba Wallace, over an investigation when a noose was found in the slot that Wallace had just been assigned at Talledaga. The noose was determined to have been spotted there prior to Wallace’s assignment and NASCAR’s biggest names let their fans know they would stand beside their fellow driver if he were targeted.
Trump insisted the entire story was a “hoax” and that Wallace should apologize, because a report made by his team and the ban on Confederate flags at NASCAR events had ruined the sport’s ratings.
According to Sports Illustrated:
‘Wallace, 26, has raced in the NASCAR Cup Series since 2017. NASCAR found a noose in Wallace’s garage at Talladega International Speedway in late June, just days after NASCAR banned the confederate flag from races.
‘An FBI investigation revealed the noose had been in Wallace’s garage since October 2019. Drivers at the GEICO 500 showed their support for Wallace on June 22 as they pushed his No. 43 car down the track to the front of the field.’
On Monday night, Beats by Dre made an early and unexpected announcement that they had signed Wallace to a deal, adding him to their roster of athletes. The company posted on Twitter that they had not planned to make the announcement until later in the week, but decided that “hate should not win the day” and that “no one should ever be asked to apologize for standing up for what’s right.”
‘Wallace was also welcomed to Beats by Dre on Monday night by Lakers star LeBron James. Wallace is the latest Beats by Dre athlete, joining Serena Williams, Simone Biles and Odell Beckham Jr.’
Bubba Wallace is the latest Beats by Dre athlete, joining LeBron James, Serena Williams and Odell Beckham Jr. https://t.co/jSqBXyEMS7
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 7, 2020
Wallace also responded to the man responsible for the birtherism craze by saying that some people are held to a higher standard than others. His message was intended for “the next generation” and he reminded them that there will always be critics, but to continue to “walk proudly on the path you’ve chosen.”
‘Your words and actions will always be held to a higher standard than others. You don’t learn these things in school. You learn them from trials and tribulations, the ups and downs this crazy world provides. You will always have people testing you. Seeing if they can knock you off your pedestal. I encourage you to keep your head held high and walk proudly on the path you’ve chosen.’
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