The morning after the Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting of Jacob Blake by police, Bubba Wallace tweeted a short and simple tweet in the 29-year-olds honor. “#JacobBlake” is all he wrote.
Jacob Blake was reportedly shot in the back multiple times by a police officer while three of his children looked on. The shooting was captured on cellphone video. According to AP News, Blake is now paralyzed and remains in the hospital. Protests have lit up the town of Kenosha as well as across America in the days following the shooting.
The tweet by NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace, is merely one hashtag, but with the political nature of the shooting and protests, Twitter fans have been reacting immensely to the post.
While the post has over 6 thousand “likes,” many of the replies show frustration with the NASCAR driver’s decision to mention the shot Black man’s name. Conversely, some of his followers and replies show support and appreciation for the driver’s stance.
One user knew Wallace was bound to receive “hate comments” in his replies.
Others mention the weekend’s shootings in Chicago and New York, saying those incidents are equally important.
Some claim the police were left with little other option, while others are adamant the unfair racial violence must stop. Phrases that protestors shout: “No justice, no peace,” appear in the replies.
Another tweet attacked Bubba Wallace personally, reminiscent of “shut up and dribble” comments Lebron received from Laura Ingraham in 2018. A user told him to “focus on driving.” What’s more, he went on to say the driver is “not very impressive”