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Waves of panic rippled through the business community after Yelp announced a new consumer alert tag that allows users to flag any business as racist.

What could go wrong?

Yelp announced Wednesday that it was taking a "stand against racism" by placing a warning tag on any business that receives multiple consumer comments accusing even one employee of a racist act.

"Today, we're announcing a new consumer alert to stand against racism," the company tweeted. "In the last few months, we've seen that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions."

The complaints can consist of "racist language or symbols" that bring attention to "racist conduct" committed by any single employee or multiple employees of a business.

The racism consumer alert tag is a white exclamation point on a red background.

Yelp will place the tag on any business accused of racism -- even if that business is owned by a minority who employs non-minorities.

The page will be locked and consumers will be unable to leave a comment - negative or positive - until Yelp concludes its "investigation" into the complaints.

Any business hit with a racism alert tag is sure to attract press attention. Yelp will facilitate the further destruction of that business by linking to any press article that covers the alleged racist act.

Twitter reacted to the announcement on Wednesday.

"I'm concerned about declaring a business racist from on-high...," tweeted one user. "What if a Yelp employee has a bias or grudge?"

Another user wrote, "Yelp. Another entity I will block and ban. Its a useless app anyways."

And a third user tweeted: "and here i was thinking your service couldn't get any worse."

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Bubba Wallace's girlfriend, Amanda Carter, wrote an Instagram post thanking NASCAR fans for their support after a "noose" was found in Wallace's garage bay at Talladega on Sunday.

Carter also urged white people - including herself - to examine their prejudices.

"We must continue the conversation, no one is exempt from taking a look at themselves," wrote Carter, who has dated Wallace for 2 years. "The fact I date a black man does not exempt me."

Carter's post included the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

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The "noose" turned out to be a garage door pull-down rope that can be seen in photos and videos of the same garage #4 as far back as 2017 (see video below).

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The same pull-down rope is seen in this video image from Nov. 2019. The loop at the end of the rope at garage bay #4 - the garage assigned to Wallace's team -- shows the loop is cut off and the rope is shorter than it was in 2019.

The video tour below of the Talladega garage shows ropes with hand loops hanging at every garage door.

Even though bloggers have provided incontrovertible proof that similar ropes with loops on the end are hanging at all NASCAR garage doors, Wallace and NASCAR officials continue to insist Wallace is the victim of racism.

In an appearance on The View on Tuesday, Wallace, who is the only Black or biracial driver in NASCAR, confirmed he spoke with the FBI about the alleged hate crime.

He called doubters who believe the noose story is a PR stunt "simple-minded people" who are "afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for... instead of trying to listen and understand what's going on."
 

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There's a reason why NASCAR didn't provide any photos or videos of the "noose" found hanging in Bubba Wallace's garage at Talladega on Sunday.

Wallace, a 26-year-old, clean-cut, biracial driver from Alabama, was reportedly targeted by a racist who objected to his demand that all Confederate flags be banned from NASCAR events.

As a driver, Wallace has not won a race in 220 attempts. But his Black Lives Matter activism thrust him into the headlines.

On Monday, it was announced that a noose was found hanging in Wallace's garage at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on Sunday.

LeBron James and Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton were among those expressing their outrage.

The "noose" turned out to be a garage door pull-down rope. All NASCAR garage doors have them.

Many are asking why NASCAR made the announcement before doing any investigating.

Look no further than the empty stands for the answer.

The stands have been empty for years -- ever since NASCAR changed its own rules to make every stock car driver equal.

At Monday's Talladega race, there were more drivers and crew members than people in the stands. NASCAR reportedly paints the seats multi colors to simulate fans in the stands at every race (see below).

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The auto racing company lost big money sponsors as a result of the lack of fan support.

When Wallace painted his car with the Black Lives Matter insignia at a racing event last month, his car was unsponsored.

Wallace lost his only sponsor -- Blue-Emu muscle pain cream -- when he threw a "rage-quitting" tantrum midstream during an eNASCAR virtual iRacing series in April.

"That's it. That's why I don't take this shit serious," Wallace said before disconnecting in anger.

Afterwards, Wallace took to Twitter to laugh at the fan backlash to his rage-quitting.

That's when sponsor Blue-Emu tweeted, "[Good to know] where you stand. Bye bye Bubba. We're interested in drivers, not quitters."

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The Internet is comparing NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace to disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett, 38, is best known for allegedly orchestrating a hate crime hoax against himself in Chicago in 2019.

The FBI is investigating a racist incident in Wallace's team garage at Talladega. A noose was found hanging in the stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on Sunday.

The noose was observed by a Wallace team member who works on his cars. Wallace reportedly did not see the noose.

A plethora of surveillance cameras monitor the NASCAR garage where millions of dollars worth of race cars and expensive tools are kept.

NASCAR drivers are not allowed to enter the garage before races. They must go directly from their trailers to their cars before the start of the race.

But that didn't stop rumormongers on the internet from accusing the 26-year-old Alabama native of making up the noose story.

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Wallace is the only full-time Black or biracial driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series. He drives for team owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty.

Petty supported Wallace at the track on Monday. Petty, 82, hasn't been seen at a NASCAR race since before the coronavirus pandemic.

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Drivers joined together to push Wallace's #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet along pit road to the front of the the Geico 500 field before the start of the race on Monday.

NASCAR also painted "#IStandwith Bubba" on the infield at the Talladega Superspeedway.

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LeBron James was among the athletes who voiced their outrage over the news that someone hung a noose in the garage stall of NASCAR's Bubba Wallace.

The incident happened at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama on Sunday. The noose was observed by a team member. Wallace did not see the noose.

"Sickening! @BubbaWallace my brother!" James tweeted on Monday. "Know you don't stand alone! I'm right here with you as well as every other athlete. I just want to continue to say how proud I am of you for continuing to take a stand for change here in America and sports! @NASCAR I salute you as well!"

NASCAR said it launched an immediate investigation and will do everything possible to find the perpetrator and "eliminate them from the sport."

NASCAR previously announced the Confederate flag would no longer fly at any of its events or racetracks after Wallace complained about them.

The decision angered redneck drivers who proudly cling to their Confederate flags and tins of chewing tobacco.

On Monday, Wallace tweeted: "Today's act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society and how persistent we must be in the fight against racism."

He added: "As my mother told me today, 'They are just trying to scare you.' This will not break me, I will not give in nor will I back down. I will continue to proudly stand for what I believe in."

Wallace is the only full-time Black or biracial driver in NASCAR's elite Cup Series.

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Bubba Wallace is praising NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag from its events and tracks after he complained about the flag's symbolism.

"I'm very gracious to have an elite group of drivers who are willing to stand up for what's right," said Wallace of his fellow drivers who supported NASCAR's ban of the controversial flag.

The 26-year-old told ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday morning that now is "the most crucial time" to "come together and really try to be more inclusive."

Wallace, who is the only Black, full-time NASCAR driver, said the flag caused "no good."

But one driver didn't support NASCAR's decision.

Ray Ciccarelli, a part-time NASCAR truck driver, said he is quitting NASCAR. Ciccarelli wrote on Facebook, "if this is the direction Nascar is headed we will not participate after 2020 season is over."

He continued:

"i don't believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn't make them a racist all you are doing is f---ing one group to cater to another and i ain't spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!!"

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34 West Virginia cadets who gave Nazi salutes in a "disgraceful" class photo were suspended without pay and three were fired a day after the photo went viral, sparking outrage around the world.

The cadets who participated in a basic training class at the West Virginia Division of Corrections are seen raising the Nazi salute in the photo. The basic training class was held from Oct. 21 to Nov. 27.

Their faces are obscured to protect their identities during the "ongoing investigation", according to the NY Post via the NY Daily News.

Gov. Jim Justice told the Post that he wanted everyone in the photo fired. He said he "ordered the termination of all those that are found to be involved" in the photo - including the photographers.

The photo is captured "HAIL BYRD!", which the Post claims is in reference to a class instructor - not the late Senator Robert Byrd, a known racist and KKK Grand Wizard who admitted creating a Ku Klux Klan chapter before he entered politics. Byrd died in 2010 at age 92.

Byrd was close friends with Hillary Clinton, who said she looked up to him for advice during her terms in the Senate and as U.S. secretary of state.

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