Racing in the Street

For all the shut-down strangers and hot rod angels / Rumbling through this promised land / Tonight my baby and me we’re gonna ride to the sea / And wash these sins off our hands.

This is a strange, unique, frustrating, painful, and divisive era. But at divisive moments, people are often forced to unequivocally pick a side. NASCAR is a brand often accused of driving around in circles when it comes to racial progress. But on Monday, a day after the discovery of a noose in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall, an entire field of drivers took a side; the right side. “Bubba Wallace steered the No. 43 to the front of pit road, NASCAR champion Kyle Busch pushing the famous car on one side and close friend Ryan Blaney pushing on the other. The entire 40-driver field and their crew members followed. After the car came to a stop, Wallace climbed out, sat on the window ledge and sobbed. Richard Petty, his Hall of Fame team owner, gently placed a hand on Wallace’s shoulder.”

+ To paraphrase Ferris Bueller: News moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look at the good stuff once in a while, you could miss it. You don’t want to miss this video. There is plenty of ugliness in America. But there is also beauty.

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