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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Senate refused to mention NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a resolution honoring Black History Month passed Wednesday, rejecting calls from Democrats who said ignoring the Milwaukee native put them on the wrong side of history.

Just as the Wisconsin Assembly did a day earlier, the Senate approved the resolution with no mention of Kaepernick. All Republicans voted in support, with all Democrats against. No Senate Republicans spoke during four hours of debate.

Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Lena Taylor, proposed adding a mention of Kaepernick, but that was rejected unanimously by Republicans. Taylor, who is black and from Milwaukee, argued that history will show Republicans as being on the “wrong side.”

“Often, doing the right thing is controversial,” Taylor said. “Doing what is right takes courage. Colin Kaepernick showed courage.”

Taylor accused “white Republicans” of telling African-Americans what is best for them, what they should value, who they should honor and what forms of protest are acceptable. Taylor asked each of the Republican senators who hold a 19-14 majority if they would answer a question, but none would.

“I want their voice to be heard … since you are making a historical moment that lets the nation see you take us back to a time where African-Americans had to ask permission to speak, to read, to think,” Taylor said. “I want each and every one to answer whether or not they have the courage to tell Wisconsin why they believe a Wisconsin native does not deserve the right to stand up for the injustices that exist.”

Kaepernick is a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who drew criticism when he began kneeling before the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues. He last played in 2016. President Donald Trump , former Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others have been highly critical of NFL players and other athletes who kneel during the national anthem.

The wording rejected for the Wisconsin resolution referred to Kaepernick as someone “who has sought to raise attention to racial injustice and systemic oppression.”

While no Senate Republicans defended not naming Kaepernick, Assembly Republican leaders on Tuesday said that he was too controversial to name in the resolution. Senate Democrats called that ridiculous and cited other black athletes, including Muhammad Ali, who protested inequities and were later revered by the public.

Others named in the resolution as passed include Satchel Paige, the first African-American pitcher to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Condoleezza Rice, the first black secretary of state.

The Assembly voted 95-0 to pass the resolution, but on Wednesday all six members of the Democratic black caucus and several other Democrats said they were changing their votes. While their switch will be noted in the Assembly journal, the official vote is what was recorded in the Assembly and will remain unanimous in support.

There are no black Republicans in either the Senate or Assembly.

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5 thoughts on “Wisconsin Senate Refuses To Honor Colin Kaepernick

  1. Cris for real DONT TELL ME ROSA PARKS WAS NOT Fighting FOR HER RIGHTS!!!!! She WAS!!!!!! SHE WAS FIGHTIN FOR THE RIGHT TO SIT WHERE EVER THE HELL SHE WANTED TO!!!!!!! AND NO WHITE MF WAS GOIN TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM HER!!!!! SO bro think abt what you say before you SAY IT!!!!!!!!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!

  2. Honor him for WHAT? did he cure cancer, orbit the earth save some kids from a burning orphanage NO he’s a multi-millionaire who’s the epitome of what opportunities can be achieved in this country

    • Christianforreal on said:

      Please you same people praise and honor Rosa Parks for her contribution to the fight. Let’s remember that Rosa actually WAS NOT fighting for civil rights when she refused to give up her seat. She was fighting her hurting feet, after a long day of running around cleaning some white folks’ home. Colin kneeled SPECIFICALLY for the injustices that are still being suffered by blacks and other Poc’s in this country. He is a multimillionaire that could have just continued as he was and not try to fight for racial injustice. He would have many more millions in the bank had he done that. However, in his unselfishness he fought for the rest of us who don’t have those millions. He should be honor, he gave up his livelihood to help others. and has not been able to play in his chosen profession since. jhuf get a life and educate yourself!!

      • Whatever the reason Rosa Parks didn’t fight a perceived injustice but a real one
        IF he wants to fight injustices fight the B on B crime that’s destroying black men and woman 1000 fold more than some thug shot by cops or resisting arrest for selling cigarettes fight the injustices of generational poverty poor education those have far more devastating effects than the Michael Browns in the media……Christian stop marching in that idiot parade

  3. CAP YOU ARE THE LAZIEST!!!! PROTESTER I HAVE EVER SEEN GET OFF YO AZZ AND PROTEST OR YOUR PROTEST WILL SURELY GO AWAY!!!!!!!!! STOP SHUCKIN AND JIVIN!!!!! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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