‘It’s outrageous that some Republicans feel they can censor African-American legislators in this way…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has become so controversial that his name was kept out of a Wisconsin state resolution honoring Black History Month — for the second year in row.
Kaepernick became a social justice sports celebrity after he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016, to protest the police and the military.
The kneeling then took root all over the league, turning away fans in droves.
Critics often point out that Kaepernick’s protests began after the San Francisco 49ers benched the multi-millionaire athlete for poor play.
He soon protested himself out of a job, and to-date no NFL owner has been willing to take on the risk of hiring him.
Kaepernick is originally from Milwaukee, Wisc., and the state Assembly passed the resolution without him on Tuesday — but not without a fight.
An initial draft, created by the legislature’s Black Caucus, included Kaepernick.
However, Republican lawmakers blocked it due to Kaepernick’s acute anti-American reputation. The spirit of Black History Month is to celebrate unity, they contended.
Democrats and sympathetic media outlets immediately pounced.
Rep. David Crowley, D-Milwaukee, authored the resolution and called the dispute “a textbook example of white privilege” and a “slap in the face.”
Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee, who co-authored the resolution, said, “It’s outrageous that some Republicans feel they can censor African-American legislators in this way.”
“So while we celebrate the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, evidently the Republicans don’t think the 1st Amendment rights should be afforded to African-Americans,” she said.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper framed its story on the subject by claiming that “some white lawmakers in the state Legislature objected to how black lawmakers want to honor Black History Month” — rather than cede Kaepernick’s extreme divisiveness.
Republicans then introduced their own resolution with the same text, minus Kaepernick.
Instead, they added three new African Americans: Milwaukee Rev. Greg Lewis, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and former Wisconsin Secretary of State Vel Phillips.
Democrats blocked it, and eventually agreed to remove Kaepernick’s name from their own resolution.
It passed with only one dissenting vote — an African American lawmaker who protested Kaepernick’s removal.
Rep. Crowley said he was happy that his draft ultimately passed, “but I had to get the blessing of all of my white counterparts,” he lamented.