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NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace's car will feature a Black Lives Matter paint scheme

Posted at 1:54 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 13:56:17-04

NASCAR's Bubba Wallace and his number 43 car will have a paint scheme with a social message when he races tonight at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway.

Wallace, the only African-American driver in the cup series, will race with a "Black Lives Matter" paint scheme on his Petty motorsports car.

The words "#blacklivesmatter" appear on the car's rear quarter-panels.

On the hood, will be a white and black hand embracing with the message, compassion, love and understanding.

The 26-year-old Wallace explained why he thinks this is the right time for this car, and this message:

"And it's true: black lives do matter. It's not that we're saying, No other lives matter. We're trying to say, black lives matter, too. If we put 't-o-o' on the end, I think a lot more people would understand it. We want to be treated equally and not judged off our skin color and the actions that we get to ensure are based off of our skin color. It's different, so that's what we're trying to get across. We want to be a part of this nation as one and come together as one. But we always say, all lives will not matter until black lives matter."

Earlier this week Bubba wore an "I can't breathe" t-shirt before an event and said racetracks shouldn't allow Confederate flags.