Bubba Wallace, the only African American race car driver who races full-time in NASCAR’s top three series, wore a shirt with Floyd’s last words “I can’t breathe” before the race on Sunday.
Later he appeared on CNN and said, “We are trying to figure out next steps. My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags. There should be no individual that is uncomfortable showing up to our events to have a good time with their family that feels some type of way about something they have seen, an object they have seen flying.”
He added, “No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a NASCAR race. So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them. I wasn’t bothered by it, but I don’t speak for everybody else. I speak for myself. What I’m chasing is checkered flags. That was kind of my narrative, but diving more into it and educating myself, people feel uncomfortable with that. People talk about that. That’s the first thing they bring up.”
He went on, “There’s going to be a lot of angry people that carry those flags proudly, but it’s time for change. We have to change that.”