From [HERE] and [HERE] For the second time in as many years, Wisconsin lawmakers clashed on party lines over how to honor Black History Month as some Republicans objected to a resolution offered by the Legislature's Black Caucus, which is composed of only Democrats.
There are no African-American Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature.
The state Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday to honor prominent black Americans during Black History Month in February — but only after Republicans blocked it until black Democratic lawmakers agreed to remove the name of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Democratic Rep. David Crowley of Milwaukee, who authored the resolution, called the episode "a textbook example of white privilege" and a "slap in the face."
"Many of these people that you don’t agree with will still be in the history books that your children and grandchildren will be reading," Crowley said on the Assembly floor.
Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee and lived in Fond du Lac as a young child, launched protests against racial inequality and police brutality by sitting on the bench during the national anthem before an NFL preseason game in 2016 and then began kneeling in 2016 during the national anthem to protest a system of injustice aka racism/white supremacy.
He is one of more than two dozen prominent black Americans proposed by the Legislature's black lawmakers to be honored during February, including former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and baseball giant Reggie Jackson.
Other names proposed to be honored on Tuesday included Lucien H. Palmer, Wisconsin's first black legislator; Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Wisconsin's first black Superintendent of Public Instruction; Foundation for Black Women's Wellness founder Lisa Peyton-Caire and Beloit native and NFL coach Jim Caldwell.
Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna [racist suspect in photo] said Republicans wouldn't support the resolution that included Kaepernick "for obvious reasons," referring to protests during the national anthem.
Democratic Rep. LaKeshia Myers of Milwaukee said Kaepernick "decided to take on ownership of a problem that he saw, which was police brutality."
"Whether you dislike the method that he used, understand that it is a part of America’s DNA — not just African-Americans' protest," said Myers, who was the lone vote against the resolution.