Bubba Wallace Asks People to Engage with Martin Luther King Jr. Quote: ‘Digest and Understand’

by Keeli Parkey

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is asking everyone to take the late Civil Rights leader’s words to heart.

On Monday (Jan. 18) the 27-year-old driver retweeted a quote from Dr. King shared by the official Twitter account of NASCAR. The quote is: “Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.”

Along with the quote, NASCAR tweeted: “Today, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDay.”

With his retweet of the quote, Bubba Wallace added: “All of us should really digest and understand these powerful words! We are all 1 #MLKDay.”

Twitter Responds to Bubba Wallace’s MLK Day Post

Twitter users agreed with Wallace and shared their own points of view regarding Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the current state of our country.

“Time we all stand together for real!!! Tired of all the hate and intolerance,” one individual posted. “Very powerful words that very few will see the true meaning in them.”

Another posted a quote from Dr. King: “Here’s one for just for you, Bubba: ‘There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.’ -MLK”

“Very true,” another user said. “I think in the last year or so this lesson has forced itself on those who may not have realized that we are *all* connected and it’s beyond overdue that we behave as such.”

Several other users replied to Bubba Wallace’s post with photos and quotes of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hopefully, many people are doing just what the driver asked – digesting Dr. King’s important words and trying to fully understand them.

Wallace Talks About Criticism Received Regarding His Social Stances

Bubba Wallace is very aware that his social stances upset some people. However, he says in a recent interview, standing up for what he believes in has been worth the backlash.

Wallace talked about his stances, including his support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, and the response with E!’s Justin Sylvester on the weekly “Just the Sip” podcast. The episode was released on Jan. 13.

Wallace said he felt like he was a “crowd favorite.” And felt he could “relate to a lot of people sitting in the stands.” However, some of those fans in the stands didn’t like what he had to say regarding the Black Lives Matter movement and the presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR races.

Wallace said he has just fine with the backlash. “Hey, when you start to speak on things that affect you in real life, people hate that,” the driver said. “So now I’m hated. Oh, well.”