Racist Tweets At Black NASCAR Driver Result In Resignation Of Wisconsin High School Coach
A black NASCAR driver was the recipient of a string of racist tweets written by a Wisconsin high school golf coach recently.
According to a report from the Cambridge News and Deerfield Independent, the incident started with a tweet written by Darrell Wallace Jr. on Wednesday.
There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport..I am the 1. You're not gonna stop hearing about "the black driver" for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey..
— Darrell Wallace Jr (@BubbaWallace) November 8, 2017
“There is only 1 driver from an African American background at the top level of our sport…I am the 1,” Wallace tweeted. “You’re not gonna stop hearing about ‘the black driver’ for years. Embrace it, accept it and enjoy the journey…”
In a string of since-deleted tweets Brent Nottestad responded: “Will this fella just go away. Can’t drive himself out of an open wet paper bag. Sad to see the sport let this clown with zero ability.”
“Hey @BubbaWallace. Please quit with, ‘I’m black’ bs. You’re terrible,” Nottestad added. “There are 1423 more credible drivers to get that ride than you.”
Although Nottestad said his choosing the number “1423” was random, the number is actually associated with a white supremacist prison gang.
From there, Wallace responded, telling Nottestad that he felt sorry for his children.
“…to have so much hate towards somebody you’ve never met. Hope your kids grow up to be the exact opposite of a father you are…,” the NASCAR driver said.
After that, Nottestad noticed a message Wallace had in memory of his grandmother, Jan.
“Granny Jan die in a police shooting?” Nottestad wrote, before writing the following comment on a picture of Wallace and a white NASCAR fan: “Almost looks like going to the zoo.”
As a result of the tweets Nottestad resigned as coach at Cambridge High School and apologized, saying that the comments “went way over the line and it became racist.”
As for Wallace, he is set to become the first black full-time driver at NASCAR’s top level since 1971.