Kyle Rittenhouse would have been given a life sentence or end up dead before trials if he had been Black, Nascar driver Bubba Wallace stated on Friday.
Bubba is currently the only full-time African-American driver competing in Nascar, and often uses his platform to speak out about social justice issues.
“Ha, let the boy be black and it would’ve been life…hell he would’ve had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad,” Wallace said in a tweet shortly after the verdict.
Mr. Rittenhouse’s trial has divided the country, largely along partisan lines, with conservatives praising the jury’s decision and liberals condemning the decision.
Ha, let the boy be black and it would’ve been life…hell he would’ve had his life taken before the bullshit trial.. sad
— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) November 19, 2021
Wallace’s comments provoked a mixed response on social media, with NASCAR some fans going as far as saying they would no longer support his Nascar racing career.
Maaaaannnn I tried so hard to be a fan of yours, and the win at Dega and how you handled yourself last year really made me fight for you. But this just killed all that man.
— Brandon Murray (@BMurray1376) November 19, 2021
Justice was served he was defending his self
— Ryan Blaker (@RyanBlaker3) November 19, 2021
@NASCAR how come he can get by with saying stuff like this when others get in trouble for what they say
— Sarah Meinhardt (@Meinhardt76Sara) November 19, 2021
Just last month, Wallace secured his first ever historic NASCAR Cup Series victory in the prestigious Yellawood 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway.