The Noose Is Loose

By now you likely heard of the NASCAR incident at the Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Bubba Wallce, the only African-American driver in the league, allegedly found a noose hanging from his garage pit stall on Saturday. Now, as a NASCAR fan since 1998, I wanted to abide by the seventy-two hour rule for racial incidents, since so many of them seem to be contrived.

Here is ESPN’s ridiculous take:

To the one(s) who thought they could dip into the tired, old 1934 or 1964 racist playbook and elicit fear by placing a symbol of hate — a noose, for heaven’s sake — in the garage stall of a Black race car driver, I really need to make sure you are paying attention to what I have to say to you.

Oh, and the grown adult or adults who spent hundreds of dollars to fly a “DEFUND NASCAR” banner and Confederate flag behind a plane over Talladega, you should listen up too. Same for you rednecks who drove a parade of pickups around the perimeter of the racetrack with that same flag flying out of the beds of your 4x4s. Or even you, who wandered onto the property at Sonoma Raceway and hung “a piece of twine tied in what appeared to be a noose” from a tree.

Have their been legitimate racial incidents during NASCAR’s seventy-two year history? Of course. Are there still “rednecks” who attend races? Certainly. It the sport or the fan-base filled with raging racists? Absolutely not. I know, because I have been to many, many races at tracks across the country (Pocono, Dover, Richmond, Daytona).

I can also tell you every time I have been to a race, the fans have been nothing but friendly to everyone of every creed and color. I have never seen a fight at a NASCAR race. Ever. Can the NFL say that?

My initial reaction was while this incident may have happened, I sincerely believe this is either a misunderstanding, or an outright hoax…

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The Empire Gets Struck Back

Jussie Smollett – an actor I literally never heard of until this week – received some bad news from the Chicago Police Department yesterday. After searching through hundreds of hours of surveillance footage, detectives have not found a shred of evidence regarding his alleged racist, homophobic attack by Trump supporters.

Detectives have reviewed surveillance footage of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walking to his downtown Chicago apartment after an early morning visit to a Subway restaurant, but none of the video they’ve watched so far showed him being attacked, a police official said Wednesday.

Wow, it’s almost like the crime never happened.

Smollett, who is black and gay and who plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox television show, said the men beat him, subjected him to racist and homophobic insults, threw an “unknown chemical substance” on him and put a thin rope around his neck before fleeing.

So two unknown men just decided to go out in subzero temperatures carrying a noose and a bottle of bleach? Is that the story I’m supposed to believe?

“We haven’t seen anybody, at this point, matching the description he gave, nobody looks menacing and we didn’t find a container anywhere,” Guglielmi said, referring to a container for the liquid that the actor said was thrown at him.

Smollett was allegedly targeted because he is gay – because everyone knows who Jussie Smollett is, especially early in the morning, on the coldest day of the year. He also claimed this ridiculous tidbit…

Some of the outrage stems from Smollett’s account to detectives that his attackers yelled that he was in “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to the Trump campaign’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, which some critics of the president have decried as racist and discriminatory.

Yeah Jussie, Chicago is the city which put President Trump over the top. It’s the reddest state in the union, just after Los Angeles.

Look, it’s technically possible Smollett was attacked, since he apparently had scrapes on his face and he still had the alleged noose around his neck; which is kinda odd. That said, the percentages take a nosedive when you combine the bleach claim, the “MAGA country” quote, the lack of video evidence, the fact Smollett only sought medical treatment after police advised him to do so, plus the fact neither Smollett nor his publicist uttered a word about the alleged crime since it occurred.

There have been more than a few “hate crime” claims from leftists in the past few years, and while some have been confirmed, the majority have been spread by people with an agenda. As a detective, this story has more red flags than a May Day parade.