- Wisconsin Republicans moved to strip former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s name from the Black History Month resolution, saying adding his name was too contentious.
- The resolution also named ‘Black Caucus’ which cited notable African-American leaders originally included Kaepernick.
- However, his famous kneeling during the national anthem drew the wrath of the state’s GOP, who voted to remove his name from the resolution.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s name was omitted from the Black History Month resolution because it was too controversial to be included, says Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, who is white, on Tuesday.
Dubbed as Black Caucus, the declaration was drafted by state legislatures which named various African-American leaders. It included Kaepernick who protested racism in the United States by kneeling during the national anthem while being on the San Francisco 49ers. His famous move angered Wisconsin GOP who deleted his name when amending the resolution.
In turn, Democrats were left in a tough spot of voting against the Black Caucus resolution or approving the Republicans’ amended move that excluded Kaepernick’s name. However, on Tuesday, the resolution minus Kaepernick was unanimously passed.
Although the original Black Caucus resolution was reintroduced on Wednesday afternoon by Democrats, it was outvoted in a party-line vote in the Republican-controlled State. Again, a Kaepernick-less Black History Month declaration was passed by Senate in another party-line vote.
“Doing what is right takes courage. Colin Kaepernick showed courage,” said Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, who is African-American.
“There’s never been selective editing of a resolution that I can remember. We’re telling African-Americans again, what you can do and can’t do,” said Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D- Middleton) who also criticized his Republican colleagues for aiming at Kaepernick.
Wisconsin-born Kaepernick was adopted to a white family and moved to California where he excelled in baseball and football.
In 2016, he and other protesting NFL players made headlines by initiating a movement among black players to take a knee during the anthem. They became Trump’s favorite punching bag, who considered the move as a sign of disrespect to U.S. service members.
Source: NBC News