American racism, anti-racism and NASCAR car racing

This video from California in the USA says about itself:

ILWU Juneteenth Voices Speak Out At Port Of Oakland

Participants in the ILWU Juneteenth rallies and marches spoke out about the police terror, systemic racism and the role of the unions in this fight.

This took place on June 19, 2020 at the Port of Oakland where the first rally took place.

Bubba Wallace (left) wore a T-shirt referring to the death of George Floyd when singing the national anthem before a race on June 6. AFP photo

This photo shows Bubba Wallace (left) wearing a T-shirt referring to the deaths by police brutality of George Floyd, Eric Garner and others, when singing the national anthem before a NASCAR race on June 6.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Black Nascar driver faces death threat on race track

The US American motorsport organization Nascar is investigating the discovery of a noose in the garage box of the only black driver in the top competition yesterday at the Talladega circuit in the American state of Alabama.

The death threat against Budda Wallace, 26, is believed to be related to the ban on displaying the Confederate flag on and around Nascar race tracks. This was instituted after the death of black American George Floyd in Minneapolis and at Wallace’s insistence.

During the Civil War (1861-1865), the Confederate flag was the flag of the Southern states that fought to keep slavery. Today, many see it as a symbol of racism, although proponents say it is a southern heritage.

Wallace is supported by LeBron James

Wallace said he won’t be put off. “This makes me incredibly sad and painfully demonstrates that we have a long way to go in the fight against racism,” said Wallace. “I stand firm for what I believe in.” …

On Twitter, basketball star LeBron James expresses support for Wallace.

Before the Nascar race in Talladega, an airplane flew over the track with a banner of the Confederate flag. On Saturdays and Sundays cars could be seen around the circuit carrying the flag.

The race was canceled after a delay due to severe weather.

TRUMP SMEARS NASCAR’S ONLY BLACK DRIVER Trump inexplicably asked NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to apologize to other drivers for a “hoax” about a noose found in his garage. The FBI determined last month that Wallace, who is Black and successfully lobbied NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from its events, was not targeted for a racist attack after a crew member found the noose hanging from a garage handle at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway. However, authorities made no accusations about a “hoax,” and Wallace had to defend himself against such baseless claims. [HuffPost]

CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR AMY COOPER IN RACIST CENTRAL PARK CLAIM A white woman who called police and falsely accused an African American man of threatening her life after he asked her to leash her dog in New York’s Central Park is being criminally charged over the incident, Manhattan’s district attorney said. Amy Cooper, 41, whose actions on May 25 were recorded on a video that went viral and touched off discussions about white privilege, is being charged with filing a false report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. Cooper is expected to be arraigned on Oct. 14. [Reuters]

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